It’s summer, it’s hot, and I have no will to cook inside. This hot heat that starts early in the morning and doesn’t let up until late evening has made us get a little more creative in the kitchen with no heat and low heat meals as much as possible. The best part about having a back yard is the ability to stick a grill out there and keep the heat outside, where it belongs. Plus, there’s something so quintessentially summer about the smell of charcoal and smoke from the grill, and you can’t beat the flavor it gives your food.
With this pregnancy, I’ve had some major meat aversions, specifically to beef and chicken, so we’ve had to get creative with our go-to meals and switch up our source of protein. While shopping at my local Walmart a few weeks ago, I picked up one of Smithfield’s All Natural Boneless Loin Filet that already had been pre-marinated, because I wanted a quick and easy meal that I could throw on the grill and have all prepped and done within the hour. It was so simple, yet a hit with the whole family that I went back and also grabbed Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops and Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops for more lunch and dinner recipes for the next little while.
H, my tornado of a toddler even approves of the Smithfield All Natural Pork, and his favorite, number one request lately? Super quick and easy (we’re talking less than 30 minutes from start to finish!) grilled pork tacos (that just so happen to also be really healthy and good for him)! Never grilled pork before? Do it!
- 1 Package of Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork. (I love the Bone-in Pork Chops and Boneless Pork Chops)
- Marinade of choice – I use whatever I find at the store that looks good that day. One of my favorites is a honey ginger!
- Cabbage, sliced
- Kale, sliced (I actually cheat on this a little bit, and use a Kale power salad mix from Walmart – it has broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and chicory, and is already sliced and diced to be the perfect slaw base for the tacos!)
- Corn or Flour tortillas (I prefer corn, but my family prefers flour, so we usually do a little of both!)
- Corn salsa
- Cilantro, lightly chopped
- 1 lime, sliced into wedges
- Preheat your charcoal grill. While it’s getting hot, add a little salt and your marinade of choice, and massage into the Smithfield All Natural Pork.
- Once your grill is hot, lay your Smithfield All Natural Pork over the heat and close the lid. Cook for 6 – 8 minutes.
- Flip the pork onto the other side, and cook for about 6 more minutes. (PSA: 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. I go somewhere a little in between and they always turn out nice and juicy!)
- When its done, pull your pork off the grill and let it rest for three minutes before cutting it into slices.
- While your Smithfield All Natural Pork is grilling, wash and prep the cabbage, kale and cilantro and slice your lime.
- Assemble your quick and easy grilled pork tacos as you’d like!
And that’s it! SO EASY! These grilled pork tacos are always a hit at every party we go to, and they are awesome for family style potlucks or dinners, but we also just really love them as an easy weeknight dinner option. Everyone gets to make their own and customize them as they wish, which our friends with dairy and gluten intolerances really love, and I like that they are healthy, but still full of flavor and take me less than half an hour to make from start to finish!
Make sure to check out the Smithfield All Natural Pork website to get more easy and delicious weeknight and weekend pork recipes, and let me know which one(s) inspire you to “Grill it like a steak” AND grab a money saving Ibotta coupon (here) to make Walmart’s prices even better! Plus, while you’re getting all sorts of yummy new dinner ideas, visit SmithfieldThrowdown.com to enter the Hog Wild Throwdown Sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing prizes, including a Ford F150!