Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, why not cook up a batch of these tasty Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce to celebrate?  They are easy, delicious and diet friendly because they are made with pork tenderloin instead of the higher fat cuts of pork.  The pork cooks up fork tender and you can have these on the table in no time for a delicious Mexican inspired dish! 

Two Pork tenderloin tacos with cilantro-avocado cream sauce on a red plate ready to eat

Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce:  Delicious alternative to plain tacos!  #Mexican #tacos

This recipe started out as an Allrecipes allstar assignment last month.  I have already made it three times since it was assigned to us.  These are delicious.  I did tweak the original recipe a bit to my family's tastes, but am really happy with the resulting dish.

The pork tenderloin cubes are not flavored with traditional taco seasonings. but rather a mixture of onion, garlic and smokey Chipotle chili powder.  

How much chili powder you use is totally up to you. In my opinion, a whole tablespoon of it makes the pork very spicy.  I used reduced the chili powder to 1/2 tablespoon, which was just about right for our liking.  

The pork is then topped with fresh tomatoes that have been mixed with jarred tomatillo salsa.  Use your favorite brand!  I like the Frontera brand.  All that spiciness is then cooled down with some refreshing Cilantro-Avocado Cream sauce!

Pork Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce:  Delicious alternative to plain tacos!  #Mexican #tacos

The Cilantro-Avocado Cream sauce is the perfect accompaniment to go with the spicy pork and is so easy to make in a blender or in a magic bullet.

This pork tenderloin tacos recipe is so full of flavor. I like to wrap it up with flour tortillas, but if you like corn tortillas you could use those instead. If you are watching your carb intake, use a low carb version of flour tortillas. 

These pork tacos make my family very happy when they show up on the dinner table! 

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Yield: 4 servings
Author: Renee Paj
Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 55 Min
Lean pork tenderloin cubes are sauteed with onion, garlic, and chipotle chilis for a unique taste then stuffed into tortillas and topped with tomatoes, tomatillo salsa, and a lovely cilantro-avocado cream sauce.


For the tacos
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 TBSP canola or corn oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to your liking
  • 1/2 TBSP Chipotle Chili Powder (or more or less to your liking)
  • water
  • 1 large fresh tomato, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa (I used Frontera brand)
  • 8 - 8" flour tortillas
For the Cilantro-Avocado Cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 ripe medium avocado
  • milk for thinning, if needed


  1. Season the pork tenderloin cubes with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Chipotle chili powder.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the TBSP of oil until it starts to shimmer. Add in the pork and the onions and begin browning the pork. Once the pork is browned and onions are translucent (about 5-6 minutes or so) Add in about a 1/2 cup to a cup of water. (Just enough to barely cover the pork cubes) Allow to come to boil. Cook on med heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed. (This took me about 30 minutes or so).
  3. While the pork is simmering in the liquid, mix the tomatillo salsa and the chopped tomatoes in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. To make the Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce: put the sour cream, cilantro and the avocado in the blender, food processor, or the magic bullet and process until a thick cream forms. Add in a little milk if needed to make it thinner.
  5. Heat the flour tortillas over an open flame, in a clean dry skillet over med high heat, or in the microwave to soften. Spoon some of the pork, some of the salsa mixture and top with about a TBSP or so of the Cilantro-Avocado Cream Sauce onto a warm tortilla. Serve immediately.


2 tacos per serving

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

20.02 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.46 g

Cholesterol (grams)

97.99 mg

Carbs (grams)

16.55 g

Fiber (grams)

3.31 g

Sugar (grams)

8.29 g

Net carbs

13.27 g

Protein (grams)

28.16 g

Sodium (milligrams)

423.42 mg

Nutrition information is an estimate and only provided as a courtesy.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I love these pork tacos....but wow! That Cilantro Avocado Cream sauce really takes it over the top. I'm going to have to make this version of it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. G'day! These look delicious Renee! I could go for one right now!
    Cheers! Joanne

  3. This looks fantastic! I don't eat Pork often , but I do enjoy it from time to time and I am always looking for a New way to try it!!

    1. Thanks Heidy! I do enjoy the lean cut of pork tenderloin.

  4. They look so so good! I love Mexican food and will find any excuse to eat it ;)

    1. Me too, Erica! I think it's my favorite cuisine.

  5. Sounds delicious! Pinning for sure!

  6. Yummm! I love anything cilantro and that sauce sounds amazing! I love this recipe!

  7. Cilantro sauce sounds so tasty it is one of my favorite flavors.

    1. It's so easy to make too! I love cilantro too!

  8. Justin is sitting here with me and he says your tacos look so good he wishes he could be eating them right now! :) So do I!

  9. Haha...I was hungry yesterday when I wrote the post and then I wanted to eat one! lol

  10. you can't go wrong with avocado and cilantro!! two of my very favorite things! YUM!

  11. I had already eaten but I am hungry all over again - these look absolutely delicious!

  12. Everything about this looks so good! The pork, the cream sauce . . . yum!

  13. This looks delicious, Renee! The pork look so tasty and that creamy sauce is just the right blend of flavors to take this taco to extra yummy!


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