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These Kalua Pork Tacos with Fresh Mango Salsa are loaded with juicy smokey flavored shredded pork and topped with fresh mango and avocado.
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Kalua Pork Tacos
I got this yummy recipe for Hawaiian Kalua Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa from our cousins Cory and Kristen. These have the most amazing flavor! Kristen is such a good cook, we love visiting them because they always make us the most delicious food. When we all lived in California, Cory would always push us to step outside our comfort zone with food, and we were so glad he did! So many of our favorite foods are thanks to the Edwards! Kristen has her own food blog, and the dishes are to die for! You can find her amazing recipes at Culinary Mamas!
What is Kalua Pork?
If you haven’t tasted the meat that results from this delightful traditional Hawaiian Luau cooking method, you are in for a treat. Basically, kalua refers to the way in which the meat is cooked — typically in an underground oven, or pit. For this recipe you are going to need to start with our Kalua Pork recipe. You’ll love the how tender and juicy this pork is. It comes together so easily, right in your crock pot. But it tastes so good, you’ll think it was roasted in a pit on the Hawaiian Islands. We definitely recommend a Hawaiian vacation, but we know you probably don’t have time to do that before dinner. So trust us on this yummy pork recipe.
Ingredients in Kalua Pork Tacos
- Kalua Pork (pre cooked and shredded)
- corn tortillas
- vegetable oil
- sour cream
Fresh Mango Avocado Salsa
- ripened mango – diced
- avocados – diced
- lime – juiced
- cilantro – finely chopped
How to Pick a Good Mango
For the Fresh Mango Salsa recipe, you’ll want to start with some mouth-watering mangos. Admittedly, this is a fruit that is best plucked from the islands yourself. However, you can pick a good one at your local grocery store if you know what to look for. When picking a mango, look for one that is slightly soft but not mushy. You can determine this by gently squeezing the fruit. It should be plump and round. If you get a flat mango there is a good chance its going to be stringy. To be certain the mango is ripe, smell it near the stem and choose one that smells sweetly of melon and pineapple.
Frequently Asked Questions
Kalua pork is traditionally served with red cabbage and rice, it can be served in lots of different ways as well, with things like pineapple salsa or even just served in a whole pineapple. There are many different ways but my favorite is definitely this easy tacos recipe.
‘Kalua’ refers to the traditional method in which the kalua pig is cooked in Hawaii, in a pit or underground oven wrapped in banana leaves. This method is what makes the pork so smokey, tender and juicy. An easy way to replicate this flavor is using your slow cooker.
Pua’a translates to pig, pork, swine, or hog.
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Even More Hawaiian Flavor
Round out your island-inspired dinner with some Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. It’s simple. No fuss. And the perfect thing to put on the side at any barbecue. Top the evening off with some Easy Hawaiian Wedding Cake. This splash of coconut and pineapple makes this cake a refreshing dessert that tastes like a pina colada.
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- Kalua Pork and Cabbage
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How to Make Kalua Pork Tacos
Kalua Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa
- Make up the Fresh Mango Avocado Salsa, (see below) and set aside.
- Fry some corn tortillas in oil until a little crispy, then set on a paper towel and lightly salt.
- Layer each tortilla with Kalua Pork, fresh mango salsa, and sour cream.
Fresh Mango Avocado Salsa
- Put the diced mango and avocado in a bowl, then sqeeze on the fresh lime juice and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro.
- Stir everthing together, refrigerate until tacos are ready.
- When picking a mango, look for one that is slightly soft but not mushy. You can determine this by gently squeezing the fruit. It should be plump and round.
- If you get a flat mango there is a good chance its going to be stringy.
- To be certain the mango is ripe, smell it near the stem and choose one that smells sweet.
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