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Sizzling Pork Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Salsa Crudo adapted from the New York Times

 
A Basketful of Tomatillos
         Summer cooking should be as easy as this every day of the week.  These tacos are great fun to make.   Sitting around
the table with a stack of corn tortillas, filling as many as you like with a delicious stuffing of pork and two salsas is summer at its simplest.   The salsas, which you put together in a matter of minutes, take full advantage of summer’s ripe tomatoes and freshly harvested onions. It’s also a great way to discover the tomatillo—if you haven’t already.  In Mexico, they’re called “tomate verde” and they are the backbone of salsa verde and any number of both fresh and cooked green sauces throughout Latin America.  This dish has its roots in Mexico but let’s be honest, tacos are as American as apple pie at this point.  And that only makes life easiersince you can readily find everything you need at your supermarket.

         Here on the East End of Long Island, we’ve seen an influx of Latin Americans.  It’s actually said that without their arrival, our population would have declined in the past few years.  They are wonderful people whose hard work is evident everywhere here –from stone work to gardens, from farms to farm stands.
Since they put a high value on education, their children are thriving in our schools, pulling the native-born along with them and raising reading and math scores.  I marveled at the Valedictorian of our local High School graduating class last year.  She’d arrived in this country as a child speaking no English whatsoever.  In a few short years, she was at the head of the class.
 Along with their terrific work ethic, they’ve also been responsible for the abundance of Latin American foods in our local markets.  When I went to buy the corn tortillas this dish calls for, there were no less than four brands to choose from, in at least three sizes and in both flour and corn flavors.  The choice you should make for this dish is the 4 ½ inch size corn tortilla.  It’s perfect for a couple of quick bites.  You may be surprised to know that tacos are a healthy food, especially if you make them on the small side, which is how they’re served
here. You are not making a Burrito just using soft, warm tortillas that you can readily heat in a cast iron skillet, then cloak in a slightly damp dish towel or napkin and have at the ready.  Then you put a little pork on them, follow that with a dash of green salsa, ripe tomato and sweet onion, fold them up and there you have it.  A deliciously fun thing to have for dinner. Here are the recipes:


3 thoughts on “Sizzling Pork Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa and Salsa Crudo adapted from the New York Times”

  • That looks delicious! I keep making homemade salsa with different variations of veggies.

    This past weekend, I had 3 roma tomtatoes, a yellow tomato, 1 banana pepper, 1 jalapneo, 1 white onion, 1 poblano pepper, 5 cloves garlic and a squeeze of lime juice.

    I just charred the veggies on the grill, put it all in a blender and done!

    I've never made pork tacos before though. I will definitely try it.

  • These are the best!! I luv luv luv Tacos and pork are the most easily the most flavorful. And this is including ground meat, shredded beef, chicken, shrimp, etc. A really good crispy pork with fresh salsa.. Muy Delicioso!

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