HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO 🎉
I don’t know any Mexicans but I do love Mexican food so tonight’s, Whole30 compliant, dinner was pork belly ‘tacos’ with avocado and mango salsa.
Thanks to my pal for the dinspiration™ we had gem lettuce ‘tacos’ filled with delicious chipotle spiced pork belly and my homemade avo and mango salsa.
For something so delicious and deceptively filling, this is super easy to make.
Pick up some pork belly slices from your local shop, they’re usually only a couple of quid – our pack had 4 slices. Cover in some chipotle spice rub (add salt to the fat on top if your rub doesn’t have salt / you want it nice and crispy). Throw in the oven, fat side up, on the highest heat for as long as possible, mine were in at 250 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Once they’re crisped up and spitting, turn the oven down to 190-ish and cook for a further 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Whilst the pork is cooking, you have enough time to prepare your salsa. For this you will need:
- One medium avocado
- About 200g of mango (I bought the pre-prepared stuff from the supermarket cos skinning mangoes is a ball ache)
- Half – one red, deseeded, chilli (I used half and it was plenty for me)
- Coriander, a small handful
- One small lime
Chop your avocado and mango up into chunks, all around about the same size. Try around 2cm square but you can make them as big or as little as you like. Finely chop the chilli and coriander and toss everything in a bowl together. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice from both sides into the bowl and mix it up again. Keep the limes aside for later.
Once your pork is ready, remove from oven and chop into small chunks – again, it’s down to your preference but I aimed for 3-4cm sized pieces. Take your lime halves and squeeze the very last of the juice out over the pork then chuck the pork into the bowl with your salsa and give it a good “shoogle” around. That is a word by the way.
Spoon into your lettuce cases and enjoy 😎
This dish is the perfect balance between sweet, sour, spicy and salty which I believe gives it a whole lotta umami. The boyfriend had his with some vegetable rice on the side if you’re not on some silly diet like me.
Next time I will be trying these with fish – maybe some big prawns! Mmm I’m looking forward to them already.