Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Monday kind of screams for some type of easy, no-frills meal that may or may not save your life this week, don’t you think? These sweet and spicy pork and pineapple tacos may just be the thing you need to remember that Wednesday nights really aren’t all that bad (for some reason, Wednesday nights are my least favorite night in the history of ever; I pretty much have a midweek life crisis each time they roll around).

I’ve made these pork tacos at least three or four times in the last couple of months and while they may appear a bit plain and simple at first sight, the warm and sweet flavors infused in the pineapple and pork mixture are totally amazing. Of course, you could drop pounds of additional toppings onto the ready-to-eat tacos but I can honestly say, we prefer these babies just the way they are. A little tender pork, bites of juicy pineapple, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a tasty tortilla.

Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Can we talk tortillas for a minute? I used to be anti-corn tortillas but I’ve adjusted my narrow mindedness over the years (it shifted when a dear friend in Minnesota’s mother visiting from Mexico made homemade corn tortillas and I think I ate 84; they may be the best things I’ve ever eaten in my life). I don’t make homemade tortillas every time the occasion calls but I do recommend shopping for a brand you really love. It will make or break the dinner you just slaved over. Now that I have access to a few more options, I love the corn + wheat small tortillas from Trader Joe’s. I stock up every time I go and keep them in my freezer. They’re my favorite storebought tortillas of all time.

As for flour tortillas, I usually end up with the Mission brand (or something similar from the grocery store) or often I buy the uncooked tortillas from Costco that sizzle up in minutes on the griddle. If I can swing it, homemade flour tortillas are incredible with these tacos (they can also be made ahead of time and frozen). Actually, homemade tortillas are just incredible in general.

And just between you and me, this delicious pork and pineapple taco filling is also pretty darn amazing eaten without any tortilla at all. I’m guilty of snitching piece after piece out of the skillet before dinner when no one’s looking (those tasty morsels are totally worth getting busted by the 7-year old who was hiding under the kitchen table).

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Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos

Yield: Serves 6

Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos

You have a few options for pineapple here. I've made this recipe using a 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks - draining the juice and reserving 1/4 cup for the recipe and using the pineapple in the tacos. I've also used fresh pineapple and opened one of those small 6-ounce cans of pineapple juice to use in the recipe (using 1/4 cup and reserving the rest to use in a future smoothie or something like that).


  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (more to taste, if wanted)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2-3 cups diced pineapple (see note above)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Corn or flour tortillas for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the pork pieces and add them to the hot skillet, browning on each side until golden (the pork doesn't need to cook all the way through in this step, just get a nice color on all the pieces).
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin, chili powder and cayenne and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the juice and pineapple and simmer the mixture until the pork is cooked through, 7-9 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cilantro. Serve with corn or flour tortillas.
Recipe Source: adapted from an old recipe from Cook’s Country (torn up so I can’t see the date; sorry!)

20 Responses to Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos

  1. Felicia says:

    We loved these! They’re so easy and my husband couldn’t stop raving! Thanks so much!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Could you direct me to your recipe for homemade corn or flour tortillas? I woul really appreciate this. Thank you. Kathleen

  3. Sheila says:

    Love this recipe! I sliced up half a Vidalia onion, an orange pepper and a yellow pepper to add within using the same amount of seasoning as the recipe stated. Delicious and so tasty! My “meat and potatoes” man liked them so much he retrieved the leftovers from the fridge before bed and polished them off. So no lunch leftovers. 🙁

    By the way, the measuring spoons are terrific! Love my new kitchen tools. Our family is so very appreciative of your sharing so many wonderful recipes, great ideas, wisdom, humor, and motivation adding so much blessing to our lives.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I made these this week and they were delish! The next day my husband and I took the filling in our lunches and mixed with some brown rice, sour cream and shredded cheese…also really good! Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Anneli says:

    My husband and I love the TortillaLand brand of tortillas. They are pretty natural (flour ones only have like 5 ingredients) and you get them from the refridgerator section. You cook them up on a skillet right before serving. I’ve never gone back to regular tortillas. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  6. Mary P says:

    My brother is a missionary in Mexico, and there is a lady there that supports her family by making and selling tortillas. Authentic, handmade, and amazing. She ships boxfuls all over. There are quite a few packages in a box, but most of us either split them with friends or freeze them. I think they are like $3 for a pkg of 10-12 if you are interested!

  7. Kim in MD says:

    These look delicious, Mel! I’ve got to get some of those TJ’s tortillas a.s.a.p. so I can make this!

  8. Mollie says:

    Ah, man, another reason we need a trader joe’s around here! I really miss that place.

  9. Sheila says:

    These sound and look so good. I so appreciate quick, easy, and delicious recipes. Thank you, Mel. Pork tenderloin is now on my grocery list. And we have always preferred the corn tortillas.

  10. momd3 says:

    Looks delicious! If you have a Whole Foods near you, you should try their whole corn tortillas. They are really good and made of whole corn.

  11. Laurel says:

    Loving the Mobile site! Amazing! This taco looks fantastic. Totally making them. probably use pineapple salsa instead. We eat that stuff by the bucket loads. Thanks for another home run Mel! You rock!

  12. katie says:

    Speaking of Trader Joe’s, I would love to know what your favorite things to buy there are (have you already posted a list and I can’t find it?)

    • Mel says:

      I think I’ve posted one in the comments somewhere but I can’t remember so here’s some of my favorites (I have so many but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head):

      Beet hummus
      Corn + Wheat tortillas
      Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
      Raspberry and Cream bars (frozen)
      Mango and Cream bars (frozen)
      Orange champagne vinegar
      Quinoa pasta
      Cookie butter (the smooth and the crunchy kind)
      Potstickers (frozen)
      Pickled beets
      Bread and butter sweet pickles
      Pita crackers (whole grain)
      Cinnamon cats cookies
      Alphabet crackers (in the round plastic tub)
      Dark chocolate peanut butter salted caramel truffles
      Light coconut milk

      I know I’m forgetting a million things but this is a start!

  13. d'Lyn says:

    What would be your next favorite choice of meat if I substituted the pork?

  14. Katie King says:

    This looks fantastic! I’m always on the hunt for quick, easy weeknight meals. We are lucky enough to live right by a fantastic grocery store where they make fresh flour and corn tortillas right in front of you, every day. Once we tasted fresh, we could never go back!

  15. Liz says:

    Yum – thank you Mel.

  16. I don’t often use pork for tacos…I don’t know why! These look delicious and would be a good change for our taco nights!

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