Spiced Pork Tacos with Crema, Pickled Onion & Elote-Style Corn

Spiced Pork Tacos

with Crema, Pickled Onion & Elote-Style Corn

40 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

A Mexican street food favorite, elote is corn on the cob served with a bevy of tasty toppings. In this recipe, we’re preparing an irresistible take on elote—slathered in Mexican crema and sprinkled with Cotija cheese, traditional spices and cilantro. We’re serving the corn alongside hearty tacos, filled with slices of juicy, pan-seared pork, a bit more crema and quick-pickled onion for a bright, crunchy finish. All together, these delicious flavors make for the perfect summer taco night.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn; cut each cob in half. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. In a small bowl, combine the crema and ¼ of the vinegar; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pickle the onion:
2 Pickle the onion:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), combine the onion, sugar, remaining vinegar and ¼ cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion has softened and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Cook the pork chops:
3 Cook the pork chops:

While the onion pickles, at the pork chops dry with paper towels; season with salt, pepper and all but a big pinch of the spice blend on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board; set aside in a warm place to rest for at least 5 minutes.

Warm the tortillas:
4 Warm the tortillas:

While the pork chops rest, stack the tortillas on a large piece of aluminum foil; tightly wrap the foil around the tortillas. Carefully place directly onto the oven rack. Warm 6 to 8 minutes, or until heated through. Carefully remove from the oven and unwrap; transfer to a serving dish.

Cook & dress the corn:
5 Cook & dress the corn:

While the tortillas warm, add the corn to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright yellow and slightly softened. Drain thoroughly; set aside to cool slightly. Just before serving, place the half the seasoned crema on a plate; roll the cooked corn in the crema to thoroughly coat. Sprinkle the coated corn with half the cheese and the remaining spice blend. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with ¼ of the cilantro.

Assemble the tacos & serve your dish:
6 Assemble the tacos & serve your dish:

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) of the rested pork chops; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Divide the sliced pork chops and pickled onion (draining before adding) between the warmed tortillas. Garnish the tacos with the remaining seasoned crema, cheese and cilantro. Serve with the dressed corn on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and thinly slice the onion. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn; cut each cob in half. Pick the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. In a small bowl, combine the crema and ¼ of the vinegar; season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 Pickle the onion:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), combine the onion, sugar, remaining vinegar and ¼ cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the onion has softened and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

Pickle the onion:
Cook the pork chops:
3 Cook the pork chops:

While the onion pickles, at the pork chops dry with paper towels; season with salt, pepper and all but a big pinch of the spice blend on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board; set aside in a warm place to rest for at least 5 minutes.

4 Warm the tortillas:

While the pork chops rest, stack the tortillas on a large piece of aluminum foil; tightly wrap the foil around the tortillas. Carefully place directly onto the oven rack. Warm 6 to 8 minutes, or until heated through. Carefully remove from the oven and unwrap; transfer to a serving dish.

Warm the tortillas:
5 Cook & dress the corn:

While the tortillas warm, add the corn to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until bright yellow and slightly softened. Drain thoroughly; set aside to cool slightly. Just before serving, place the half the seasoned crema on a plate; roll the cooked corn in the crema to thoroughly coat. Sprinkle the coated corn with half the cheese and the remaining spice blend. Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with ¼ of the cilantro.

6 Assemble the tacos & serve your dish:

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) of the rested pork chops; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Divide the sliced pork chops and pickled onion (draining before adding) between the warmed tortillas. Garnish the tacos with the remaining seasoned crema, cheese and cilantro. Serve with the dressed corn on the side. Enjoy!

Assemble the tacos & serve your dish:
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