Pork tenderloin and fresh ingredients make these easy Pork Tacos a great back-to-school dinner recipe for busy weeknights!

2 pork tacos on a wooden board

Some of my family’s favorite meals involve tacos, like these easy Pork Tacos, Slow Cooker Taco Soup, or Taco Macaroni Casserole, so I make sure my pantry and fridge are always stocked with everything I need to make these simple meals. My rule is all of the recipes have to be something you can make in 30 minutes or less. I know from experience that once school is back in session and the kids’ start up again that’s about how long I have to get dinner on the table on a school night.

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Smithfield pork loin in packaging with fresh ingredients

This easy recipe for Pork Tacos starts with a marinated pork tenderloin. Like I said, this recipe is all about keeping it simple and making a great dinner in under 30 minutes so I use Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. It is made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients and comes in a variety of fresh cuts and marinades so it’s a perfect fit for all types of recipes. It’s a great way to make a dish with real flavor, real fast. For my Pork Tacos recipe I usually pick up Smithfield Marinated Fresh Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin from the fresh meat section at Safeway. I also pick up flour tortillas and fresh ingredients for the toppings. I am able to get everything I need on my weekly trip to Safeway.

knife and fork cutting a cooked pork loin on white cutting board

To make my Pork Tacos I cook the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin in the oven for about 30 minutes (or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.). While it is in the oven I get my toppings ready. The fresh toppings for the pork tacos can be anything you want. I like to add a little crunch and color with some thinly sliced radishes and maybe some red cabbage. tomatoes, jalapeños, avocado, roasted corn, and maybe a little cilantro to add some fresh flavors. Oh! And of course, cheese! I like fresh queso blanco but my kids love shredded cheddar. I think that’s what makes these pork tacos a family favorite since everyone can make their taco just the way they like it.

close up view of pork taco

The final component for these easy pork tacos is a simple homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing. Everything is better with ranch dressing and these tacos are no exception. The bold flavors of the dressing are a quick and easy way to add a little punch  to the tacos really fast! I thinly slice my perfectly cooked Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin and place the tender pork on a flour tortilla, then I top it with fresh vegetables and herbs and a delicious drizzle of Garlic Ranch Dressing. Yum!! It’s a 30 minute meal that the whole family loves (and I even have leftover pork for my lunch the next day!).

Side view of an open soft shell pork taco

Now you know one of my tricks to getting a delicious dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Smithfield is also challenging you to submit your tips on how you get dinner ready in 30 minutes or less using Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and you will be entered to win the grand prize! For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com.

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Pork Tacos

Pork tenderloin and fresh ingredients make these easy Pork Tacos a great back-to-school dinner recipe for busy weeknights!


Pork Tacos

  • 16 oz Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 c Radishes, , sliced
  • 2 c Red Cabbage, , chopped
  • 2 c Tomatoes, , diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, , sliced
  • 1 c Queso Blanco, , crumbled
  • 1 Avocado, , diced
  • 1 c Cilantro, , minced
  • 4 Flour Tortillas, 6-inch

Garlic Ranch Dressing

  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing
  • 1 c Mayonnaise
  • 1 c Milk
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, , chopped
  • 2 tbsp Garlic, , finely minced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Grease a baking dish and place the tenderloin in it. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until internal temp is 145 degrees F. 
  • Let pork rest for 5-10 minutes and then thinly slice. 
  • Assemble pork tacos placing pork and your favorite toppings on flour tortillas. 
  • Top with garlic ranch dressing. 
  • Enjoy!

Garlic Ranch Dressing

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until fully combined.


Serving: 1taco, Calories: 511kcal, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 1225mg, Potassium: 705mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 1400IU, Vitamin C: 67.7mg, Calcium: 330mg, Iron: 3.6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main