Leftover Pork Loin Tacos

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These Leftover Pork Loin Tacos will have you drooling with the homemade avocado salsa and spicy chipotle lime crema drizzle, turning your leftovers into a mouthwatering meal. This recipe is not only simple but also quick to whip up on your Blackstone griddle, ensuring you spend less time cooking and more time hanging out.

The creamy avocado salsa and the spicy chipotle lime crema add layers of flavor that perfectly complement the leftover smoked boneless pork loin, making these tacos a surefire hit for any casual gathering or family dinner.

Overhead view of three leftover pork loin tacos loaded with avocado salsa, crema sauce, and crumbled cheese.

🤤 Why You Will Love These Pork Loin Tacos

  • Meal Prep Perfection: It only takes a quick 20 minutes to get dinner on the table. Just throw that cooked pork loin on the Blackstone and prep the salsa!
  • Flavor Explosion: The homemade avocado salsa and chipotle lime crema add a fresh and zesty kick that will wake up your taste buds.
  • Fun Cooking: There is nothing better than cooking outdoors on the Blackstone griddle. But you can also do this indoors on a skillet.
  • Revitalized Leftovers: Turn your leftovers into a gourmet meal a second time around!
  • Healthful Option: Packed with fresh ingredients and lean protein, they’re a meal you can feel good about serving, perfect for any outdoor gathering or family meal!

🗒️ Ingredients for Leftover Pork Tacos

The avocado salsa is packed full of fresh ingredients, and the use of leftover smoked brined pork loin makes it a flavorful yet easy recipe. Whip up the chipotle lime crema to drizzle over the top. The complete list of ingredients is in the recipe card below.

🥑 For the Avocado Salsa

  • Lime Juice: Brightens flavors with a zesty tang.
  • Olive Oil: Provides smoothness and binds the salsa ingredients.
  • Kosher Salt: Enhances and balances the overall flavors.
  • Red Onion: Brings a sharp, crisp bite.
  • Roma Tomatoes: Firm and mildly sweet, ideal for salsas.
  • Hass Avocado: Creamy texture with a buttery taste.
  • Jalapeños: Adds a fresh, spicy kick.
  • Cilantro: Offers a burst of lemony, peppery notes.

🌮 For the Pork Loin Tacos

  • Corn or Flour Tortillas: Choose your favorite!
  • Smoked Pork Loin: Tender, smoky, and packed full of flavor.
  • Chipotle Lime Crema: Smoky and tangy and brings some spice to the tacos.
  • Queso Fresco: Mild and crumbly, it adds a refreshing creaminess.
Ingredients for leftover pork loin tacos including salsa ingredients, crema sauce, and queso fresco.

👨‍🍳 How to Make the Leftover Pork Tacos

Here are the steps for making these delicious tacos! Scroll down to the recipe card for a more in-depth overview!

  1. Prepare Salsa Dressing: Whisk the olive oil, lime juice, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine Salsa: Add in the diced onion, tomatoes, avocado, and jalapeño in a bowl.
  3. Make It Hot: Place tortillas on the cooler side of a heated Blackstone griddle to warm. Sear the diced pork loin on the hot side of the griddle.
  4. Assemble Tacos: Fill tortillas with pork, top with salsa, chipotle lime crema, and queso fresco.

🤔 Substitutions and Variations

  • Protein Varieties: Replace pork loin with leftover chicken, beef, or even grilled shrimp for a different twist.
  • Heat Level Adjustments: For less spice, remove the jalapeño from the salsa or use a milder pepper like poblano. Increase heat by adding more jalapeño or Serrano peppers. You can also add cayenne pepper to the crema if you want to feel some pain.
  • Additional Toppings: Add other toppings like shredded lettuce, diced bell peppers, or pickled onions for extra texture and flavor.

🥡 Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Turning leftovers into tacos, just to end up with leftover tacos—it’s the delicious circle of life! Keep that tasty diced pork loin fresh by storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll be ready for a quick taco fix the next day, with all the salsa, crema, and toppings prepped and waiting. When you need a speedy lunch or a simple dinner, you’ll have everything you need to recreate taco magic with minimal effort.

For reheating, fire up your Blackstone griddle once again and follow the same recipe steps: warming the tortillas on the cooler side while tossing the pork on the hot side. It’s an easy way to ensure every taco is just as satisfying as the first time around. Enjoy the beauty of leftovers that keep giving!

Front view of leftover pork loin tacos with avocado salsa and queso fresco crumbled on top.

😉 Tips for Perfect Pork Loin Tacos

  • Cut Consistently: Dice the pork into uniform pieces so it heats quickly and evenly on the Blackstone.
  • Watch the Heat: The pork loin will heat up quickly on the Blackstone, so be sure it doesn’t cook too long and dry out. It should only take a few minutes.
  • Customize the Salsa: Adjust the lime, salt, and heat levels in the salsa to your taste preferences, ensuring it’s balanced.
  • Warm the Tortillas Right: Keep tortillas warm and soft by heating them gently on the cooler side of the Blackston. Once they are warm, wrap them in foil or a towel to keep them hot and moist.

❓ Still Have Leftover Questions?

How do you reheat pork tenderloin for tacos?

The best way is on a Blackstone! Just heat the griddle on high. If you have a large Blackstone, make one side hot for searing up that pork loin and the other side cooler to heat up the tortillas.
Toss the diced pork loin after 3-4 minutes and continue heating it up until warmed through, usually a total of 8 minutes or so.
If you don’t have a Blackstone, you can use your skillet over high heat.

What can I do with leftover overcooked pork loin?

Tacos are great for leftover pork loin! If it is overcooked, the tacos can help to introduce some moisture with the avocado salsa and crema.
If your pork loin is very dry, slice and dice it thin and add it to soups, stews, or chili, where the liquid will help rehydrate the meat. Alternatively, mix it into a saucy stir-fry or a casserole for added moisture and flavor

Is pork loin good for shredding?

Absolutely! Although there isn’t as much fat or connective tissue as with pork butt, pork loin can be shredded. Cook the pork loin low and slow until it reaches an internal temperature of 205°F. You will be able to shred the pork loin and use it in recipes for sandwiches, tacos, or stews.
When it comes to shredded pork, the option between pork loin vs. pork shoulder comes down to preferences and what you plan to do with the pulled pork.

🐖 Time to Get Porky!

Leftover pork loin tacos are your ticket to a quick, easy, and versatile meal that transforms boring leftovers into something delicious! The creamy and zesty avocado salsa and smoky chipotle lime crema make these tacos unlike any you have had before, and they come together quickly and easily on the Blackstone. So, grab those leftovers and turn them into a round of tacos with everyone asking for seconds—and maybe even thirds!

Loaded pork loin tacos with chipotle lime crema drizzled on top.


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5 from 1 vote

Leftover Pork Loin Tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


For the Salsa

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large Hass avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

For the Tacos

  • 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 pound cooked pork loin, diced
  • ½ cup chipotle lime crema
  • ¼ cup queso fresco, crumbled


For the Salsa

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, and salt. Whisk everything together.
  • Combine the diced onion, tomato, avacado, and jalapeño. Lightly toss the salsa and set it to the side.

For the Tacos

  • Set your Blackstone griddle to be high on one side and low on the other side. Oil the griddle and let it warm up.
  • Place the tortillas on the cooler side of the griddle and let them warm up.
  • Toss the diced cooked pork loin on the hot side of the griddle. Heat it for 2-3 minutes before tossing it and heating for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Construct your tacos by placing ¼ cup of diced pork loin in each tortilla. Top each taco with the chipotle lime crema, avocado salsa, and some queso fresco.


Serving: 2tacos, Calories: 571kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 2491mg, Potassium: 941mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 919IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 203mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Joshua Boquist

Josh is an outdoor enthusiast and food fanatic. A License To Grill is his passion project where the outdoors intersects food - grilling, smoking, and all things tasty!

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