Ground Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They’re perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You’ll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You'll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

Taco cat spelled backward is taco cat.

Ok, we all know that BUT I had to say it because this post is about tacos and I love cats. See my logic? And these tacos aren’t just your everyday normal tacos NOPE they are all about sweet and heat. Basically my favorite combination ever. Of course, if you hate heat you could tone that aspect down but I crazy love heat so I tend to go a bit overboard. I mean, growing up my dad would make food so hot I could barely take 2 bites without needing a drink. I destined to either love or hate spicy food. Guess I fell into the love category. 

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You'll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

I think pork and pineapple is a perfect pairing and throughout the years on Nutmeg Nanny I have put it together a few times because it’s so good. I made pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa, a bbq Hawaiian pizza that is the perfect combo of deliciousness AND a pineapple bourbon butter glazed ham. I really really really love me some pineapple and pork.

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You'll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

Oh, and I used flour tortillas because I’m going to finally just admit I like them better than corn. I mean, I don’t hate corn tortillas but give me a warm soft flour tortilla and I’m happy as can be.

In high school, I had a friend named Rosy who lived a block away. I would be at her house several times a week and her mom made the BEST flour tortillas. She would make them fresh, heat them up on the burner and I would top them with homemade beans or rub them down with butter and roll them up and eat it in 3 bites.

So. much. goodness.

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You'll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

If you’re feeding little ones you can definitely cut back on the number of chipotle peppers you use (or just leave them out) to make this a little less spicy for little eaters.

{Looking for even more taco recipes? Try my Easy Fish Tacos with Citrus Greek Yogurt SlawShrimp Tacos with Apple Pomegranate SalsaChipotle Shrimp TacosGinger Beer Pulled Pork Tacos or my Egg White Tacos}

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Ground Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

These ground pork tacos with pineapple salsa are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. They're perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy weekend meal. You'll love all the flavor packed into these tacos!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For tacos:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo, seeded and diced
  • 1 (3 ounce) can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 8 small flour tortillas

For salsa:

  • 4 cups small diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 red onion, small dice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1/3 cup minced cilantro
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Directions:

For tacos:
In a 12-inch skillet add olive oil and set over medium high heat.

When the oil is hot add the ground pork, garlic, diced chipotle peppers, diced green chiles, cumin, chili powder, kosher salt, smoked paprika and oregano.

Break up the meat while it browns and mix to combine all the flavors equally. Cook until the meat is browned, about 10 minutes.

Warm the flour tortillas, fill with meat and top with salsa.

For salsa:
Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Taste and add more kosher salt if desired.

30 Responses to “Chipotle Apple Butter Carnitas”

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    Tina Muir — October 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    This sounds SO good! I have never made carnitas, but I would love to, and this sounds like a great recipe to try! I love doing what you said about theming food to make it match the season/holiday, this was a great one!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    You know what is totally crazy? I just went to Chipotle FOR MY FIRST TIME! And, since then, I want ALL the carnitas. How did you know!?
    P.s apple butter in carnitas? You are my favorite. Pinned!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — October 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    What a delicious combination of flavors! Genius!

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    Amanda — October 24, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I would never have thought to pair Musselman’s apple butter with carnita’s, and now I cant STOP thinking about it! Totally making these asap. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — October 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

    you’re kinda rocking my world here. I would have never thought to use apple butter in carnitas, but I love the idea. I bet these are delicious Brandy.

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    Beth @ The First Year — October 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I totally get the combo of apple butter and pork, yum! Makes my mouth water!

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    Millie | Add A Little — October 24, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This looks absolutely delicious Brandy! I love the idea of fall flavours!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — October 24, 2014 at 8:01 am

    This is such a genius idea! Love fruity flavors with meat and apple butter + pork sounds incredible! Pinned!

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    Jamie — October 24, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I think using apple butter in a savory dish is fabulous but of course! Apples are wonderful in sweet and savory dishes, and pair so beautifully with all the ingredients you have brought together for this flavorful fall dish. I love this.

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — October 24, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Oh lordy. . apple butter. that’s all you need to say. . love love love these carnitas!!!

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    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — October 24, 2014 at 8:32 am

    These look amazing! I love carnita’s with apple butter… oh-my!

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    Julie — October 24, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I lovvvve cooking with apple butter – it blends in so nicely and gives everything a little spiced sweetness. These look great!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 24, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Love the apple butter and pork combination! This needs to get added to our menu soon!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Apple Butter makes everything better!!

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    Claire Gallam — October 24, 2014 at 10:32 am

    LOVE the use of apple butter!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — October 24, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Want for my lunch today!!

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    heather @french press — October 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I saw these on pinterest last night at about midnight, I wanted to make them right then and there, gorgeous

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — October 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I adore carnitas so much. I love that you put a new twist on them! so yummy!

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    The Food Hunter — October 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    they sure look good!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I always love sweet and spicy.

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    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I just love the savory sweet thing going on here and apples just scream fall!

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — October 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    This sounds like such an insanely delicious dinner! Pinned because I have to try it!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Dying to try these!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I love the way your culinary mind works! These look amazing!!!

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    christine — October 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I never would have thought to use apple butter in a recipe like this but now that you’ve gone and done it, it totally makes sense!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — October 26, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Yeah… I pretty much need to make these apple butter carnitas because it’s all I think about now. It’s all I’ve thought about all weekend. I love the way your mind works, lady.

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    Joanne Bruno — October 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Double fisting tacos and hard cider is how I roll! How did you know? These sound like fall taco perfection. Every aspect is SPOT.ON.

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — October 27, 2014 at 6:51 am

    This is seriously a BRILLIANT idea! Kudos!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good gravy those do sound amazing! What an awesome way to use apple butter!!!

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