Tacos with Salvadoran Pulled Pork and Grilled Mahi Mahi (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Tacos with Salvadoran Pulled Pork and Grilled Mahi Mahi (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. For the Tacos:
  2. For the Pulled Pork: Season the pork with the salt and pepper and place in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches, about 6 cups. Bring to a simmer and partially cover the pot; cook until the meat is very tender and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 hours. Uncover the pork and let it slightly pan-fry in its own fat, stirring, until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, oregano and cinnamon in a blender. Puree until smooth. Add the tomato mixture to the pork in the saucepan and stir to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat and simmer for another 30 minutes, or until pork is falling apart and most of the liquid has reduced from the sauce. The pork mixture should be very thick.
  4. Remove the pork from the sauce. Dice into cubes and place back into the sauce until service.
  5. For the Grilled Mahi Mahi: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season both sides of fish with salt, pepper and Essence. Using an oil-soaked paper towel or rag, oil grill. Place the seasoned fillets on the grill and squeeze lemon or lime on the fish. Cook on both sides until opaque and cooked through.
  6. Assemble tacos with either the pork or mahi mahi and garnish with the Pumpkin Seed Salsa, shredded cabbage, sour cream and avocados.
  7. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  8. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  9. Yield: 2/3 cup
  10. Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking , by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
  11. Published by William Morrow, 1993.
  12. Pumpkin Seed Salsa:
  13. Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  14. Yield: about 3 cups
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 293.05 Kcal (1227 kJ)
Calories from fat 120.68 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.41g 21%
Cholesterol 109.49mg 36%
Sodium 1768.5mg 74%
Potassium 748.15mg 16%
Total Carbs 8.71g 3%
Sugars 2.41g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2.05g 8%
Protein 35.1g 70%
Vitamin C 5.1mg 9%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Calcium 98.1mg 10%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 72.2 Kcal (302 kJ)
Calories from fat 29.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.3g 21%
Cholesterol 26.97mg 36%
Sodium 435.7mg 74%
Potassium 184.32mg 16%
Total Carbs 2.14g 3%
Sugars 0.59g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g 8%
Protein 8.65g 70%
Vitamin C 1.3mg 9%
Iron 0.7mg 16%
Calcium 24.2mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.6
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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