Pork chops are so quick and easy to cook. It’s a great idea to cook up a bunch and use them to make different things like these spicy leftover pork chop tacos.

Easy Pork Chop Tacos

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Pork chop tacos are an easy weeknight meal, and one of my favorite leftover pork chop recipes. They are quick and easy to cook, and you can add any number of toppings to give them whatever flavor you desire! 

Pork chop tacos on a plate garnished with herbs, hot peppers, onions, and cotija cheese

Pork is my favorite meat. It’s so tender and has a great flavor. I love how you can season it any way you like to make a variety of dishes. Whether you choose bone-in or boneless pork chops, they are usually cut thin. That means they cook up in a snap and the texture is outstanding.

Pork chop tacos on a plate with a side of beans.

Can You Use Pork Chops for Tacos?

Pork makes a delicious taco. It’s a great idea to cook up a bunch of pork chops and use them to make different meals  – including these spicy leftover pork chop tacos.

There are lots of different ways to cook pork chops. The recipe below will be sautéed in a pan, but they are also great grilled. Frying them in a skillet or baking them in the oven would also be yummy.  Even an instant pot or slow cooker is a great idea for cooking pork chop tacos.

Pork Chop Taco Recipe

These easy pork tacos are fairly straight forward, and are one of my favorite easy dinner ideas. You can cook your pork chops with taco seasoning or add the seasoning to any leftover pork you may have. 

I love making my own seasoning mixes so I know exactly what’s in my food. They taste far better too. This homemade taco seasoning mix is my favorite. 

If using leftover pork chops, thinly slice your pork and add taco seasoning. Sautee in a pan to warm thoroughly.

If you’re cooking your pork chop tacos from scratch, take some homemade taco seasoning or your favorite store-bought seasoning and sprinkle liberally over the pork chops. Add some salt and pepper and turn the chops over. Repeat on the other side.

Let the pork chops sit for at least an hour. If you’re going to wait more than an hour, cover them in plastic and put them in the refrigerator. Then cook with whatever method you prefer.

If you cook your pork chops in the slow cooker or crock pot, cook them on low for about 7 hours. When you add the taco seasoning, add about a cup of water. 

Pork chops that are super lean will need some fat as they cook or they’ll be dry. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil or butter to the crock pot.

Make sure as always to cook pork to the proper temperature. 

After your pork chops are seasoned with taco seasoning, you need to decide your taco flavor profile. Do you want your pork chop tacos to be super spicy or mild? If you want spice, try adding some spicy peppers on top. 

Do you like to add fresh ingredients like lettuce, tomato, and onion? Or would you rather have avocado and cilantro? Do you like cheese sauce or shredded cheese? What about cotija? Your imagination is the only limit for pork chop tacos!

Pork chop tacos close up showing pork chops, onions, hot peppers, cotija cheese and cilantro.

More Leftover Pork Chop Recipes

If you’re wondering what to do with leftover pork chops, obviously one of the best recipes is pork chop tacos. But there are lots of other options.

  • Chop up the pork meat into chunks and use it in a soup or a casserole. 
  • If you scramble some eggs, you can toss leftover pork chop chunks in at the end.
  • Leftover pork chops make a great baked potato topping.
  • You can put a leftover pork chop on a bun and eat it as a sandwich. 
  • You can use strips of cooked pork chop in a stir fry or fried rice. 
  • Leftover pork chops are delicious in a potato hash. 
  • Pork and rice cheesy skillet would be delicious. 

There are so many ways to use leftover pork chops, the possibilities are endless. For more pork recipes, check these out:

Pork Chop Tacos
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and tasty tacos made from pork chops that can even be leftover. Yummy taco seasoning and savory meat.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pork chop tacos, pork chops, leftover pork chops
Servings: 4
Author: Christina
Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 T taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1 diced avocado
  • 2 T finely diced onoin
  • 1/2 c cotija cheese
  • jalapenos to taste
Instructions
  1. Rub salt and taco seasoning mix on pork chops and place in a pan. Set aside for one hour.

  2. Heat skilled with oil on medium high heat.

  3. Cook pork chops until internal temperature of 165 and outside is brown.

  4. Let meat rest 20 minutes.

  5. Slice thinly, removing bone if there is one.

  6. Place the meat from ½ a pork chop on each tortilla and top as desired.

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