Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado
The care that went into flavoring these tacos is what makes them wonderful. A serious, toasted spice blend gives them another dimension, and the lime and pineapple juices another still. Then everything gets tempered in a cloak of creamy coconut milk. We love tortillas, but we could eat this straight out the pan.
The fruit and acidity of Uproot's 2012 Sauvignon Blanc mingles with and cuts through the rich spices and coconut, while blending splendidly with the subtle bursts of lime and pineapple.
Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- 2/3 cup coconut milk, stirred (full-fat recommended)
- 3 tablespoons pineapple juice (I keep small cans on hand for this dish)
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, from 1 lime
- 2 cups or one 15 ounce can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
- Corn or flour tortillas, for serving
- 1 large avocado, diced
- Other recommended toppings: corn salsa, chopped cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
- In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and a large pinch of salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until they’ve softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Push the onion and garlic to one side of the pan, and add the cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne. Let sizzle in the pan until they’re toasted and fragrant, about 1 minute, then stir well until the onions and garlic are evenly coated with the spices.
- Add the ground pork to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up any large chunks of pork and stirring occasionally, until the pork is just cooked through. Season with salt to taste. Remove any excess fat from the pan.
- Add the coconut milk; simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened, then stir in the black beans, pineapple juice and 1 tablespoon lime juice and cook for an additional minute or two. Taste and add more lime juice if needed. Adjust the seasoning to taste. You can serve right away, or cover the pan and let the pork gently simmer over low heat.
- Using a slotted spoon, divide the ground pork equally among lightly warmed flour tortillas. Serve with lots of avocado and other toppings of your choice.