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Looking for an easy grill out dinner for your family? These grilled pork tacos hit the spot every time!
Summer time is grill time. We all agree on that, right? Our local park has strategically places shaded picnic tables and grills set up along the river (because #texas. Grills are a prerequisite), and I walk by them every morning on my walk.
And every morning, for the last year I’ve been coming home and telling Gabriel how much fun it would be to have a grill out picnic by the river where the kids could play while we cook.
It’s easy enough to grill dinner any night of the week when you have our own grill. It’s just that we don’t have a river. Rivers make everything better. (right?)
So we finally set a date for supper on the 4th of July, and bought all the ingredients the day before – hot tip: don’t wait until the day before America’s biggest grill out day to buy your meat. I kid you not when I say that there were carts full – FULL – of meat coming out of Walmart as we were going in. I went in for some boneless Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork, but by the time I got there, all that was left were two packages of bone-in.
Obviously, I wasn’t the only one after tender, juicy, all natural meat. 😛
The important thing is, I did get the meat – but just barely, and now I know better.
Then the 4th of July came, we partied hard all day… and weren’t up to doing anything but Netflix and chill that evening.
In fact, it wasn’t until two days later that we finally had our 4th of July grill out.
I guess you’d call that a 6th of July grill out?
I am glad we waited though. The kids were fresh and able to enjoy getting their toes in the water while Gabriel got the pork chops grilling.
In the interest of keeping things easy, since we were hauling all our dinner down to the park to grill – oh fine, who am I kidding? Because I LOVE TACOS, we decided to just grab a package or corn tortillas, some leftover homemade refried beans, chop up some avocados, grab the salsa and queso, and use our pork chops to make grilled pork tacos. Mmm, good stuff!
One hot tip for grilling away from home: Rub your spices onto your meat and seal in an airtight container before you leave the house. That way you can wash your hands before you leave, take your chops out with a fork, when you get to your grill, and not have to touch raw pork in a situation where you might not have running water to wash with.
This is such a super easy weeknight dinner recipe, and I can’t wait to make these grilled pork tacos again – hopefully next time we have friends over for dinner. They’re just so easy!
Easy Grilled Pork Tacos
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 16 minutes
- Total Time: 21 minutes
- 2 lbs Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops (or boneless if you can)
- 1 Teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 package corn tortillas
- taco topping such as cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, etc.
- *Note: Seasonings can be replaced by 1 package of taco seasoning
- Mix seasonings together and sprinkle onto both sides of each pork chop.
- Cover pork chops and set place back into the refrigerator until ready to grill
- Start your charcoal grill and let burn down to a good hot bed of coals.
- Grill pork chops for 6-8 minutes on each side until they’re a nice golden brown and cooked through.
- Note: If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees (followed by a three-minute rest). If you like your chops a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
- Remove meat from grill, and cut into thin strips.
- Serve with taco fixin’s
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