Beer and soy sauce braised pork belly tacos topped off with a refreshing sauerkraut salad and a dollop of homemade sweet relish… These tacos are absolutely to die for!
I love tacos and I bet I am not the only one around here!
What tacos do you prepare the most?
Or what is your favorite taco in general?
This time I went for a pork belly tacos recipe with a refreshing sauerkraut slaw because… well frankly, it just seemed like a great combo in my head.
So I had to try it out!
And sure enough these tacos turned out to be truly delicious…
Those bold flavors really work well together.
Homemade Taco Dinner
So I made prawn tacos, salmon tacos and canned tuna tacos before.
I like to make my own soft shell tacos instead of buying the ready made ones.
When I got plenty of time to do that.
I usually prepare tacos when i have a bunch of leftovers in the fridge.
Easy Recipe for Pork Belly Tacos with Beer & Sauerkraut Slaw
Tacos are also a great way to incorporate and use leftover food!
That is why I usually add just what is right there in my fridge and kitchen at that very moment.
But I have always wanted to make some fresh tacos al pastor for a while now.
I have tasted them before but I have never really made them at home myself.
And then a couple of days ago I saw them again on Netflix.
Phil ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ Rosenthal was in Mexico city and if there is one thing that you should eat there before you leave, then that has got to be Mexican tacos al pastor.
I should put that recipe on the menu for next week.
You can prepare the pork belly in a crockpot or slow cooker if you like because it has to be extremely smooth and soft.
I normally prepare the pork belly a day in advance so it can sit and rest overnight.
And then I just reheat it for about an hour before serving.
Enjoy these pork belly tacos!
Easy Sauerkraut & Beer Pork Belly Tacos Recipe
- 12,5 oz pork belly (350 g)
- 6 homemade soft tacos
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 3 cups pilsner beer (720 ml)
- ⅙ cup soy sauce (40 ml)
- 7 oz canned sauerkraut (200 g), drained weight
- ½ green apple
- 1 small fresh carrot
- 6 tbsp sweet relish
- 2- inch fresh ginger (5 cm)
- a handful fresh cilantro
- a handful fresh mint
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 1 star anise
Slice the pork belly into 6 slices. Place them in a large pan or deep pot and add the star anise, the cloves, the sugar, the cinnamon stick, the ginger and the garlic cloves.
- Add the beer and the soy sauce.
- Bring it all to a good boil and then turn the heat lower. Put a lid on the pan and stew the pork belly for 3 hours. Right in the end prepare the sauerkraut slaw. Grate the carrot and the apple. Transfer both to a large mixing bowl and add the sauerkraut, some freshly chopped cilantro and mint and the mayo.
- Season with a pinch of garlic powder, pepper and salt.
- Give the slaw a very good stir. Add extra mayo or fresh herbs to taste if necessary. Remove the pork belly from the beer broth and place it on a serving dish. It should be super smooth.
- Serve the pork belly with the tacos, the relish and the sauerkraut slaw.
Why is pork belly so popular?
Pork belly is popular because it is a very versatile cut of meat that is relatively inexpensive and can be cooked in a variety of ways.
Its fat content helps to keep the meat moist and tender, making it very delicious.
It is also very popular because of the wide range of flavors and textures it can offer, from crispy and crunchy to soft and succulent.
Can you make pork belly tacos?
Yes, pork belly tacos can be made.
Pork belly is a great option for tacos because it is flavorful, tender, and can be cooked in a variety of ways.
For a quick and easy meal, you can cook the pork belly and wrap it in tortillas with your favorite toppings, such as salsa, cheese and cilantro.
For a more complex dish, you can slow cook the pork in a flavorful marinade and then serve it in tacos with a variety of toppings.
Can you eat the fatty part of the pork belly?
Yes, you can eat the fatty part of the pork belly.
The fat is an important part of the flavor and texture of the pork belly, and it can be cooked in a variety of ways to add richness and flavor to the dish.
Some people prefer to trim the fat off before cooking, while others like to leave it on for extra flavor.
Is pork belly healthy?
Pork belly is high in calories and saturated fat, so it is not considered a healthy food.
Eating it in moderation is recommended.