Preparing pork belly requires a lot of patience and a lot of time. But it is delicious, especially this recipe for Pork Belly Tacos. The seasoning mix permeates the pork so after 6 hours of slow cooking in your oven the result will be tender and beautifully spiced. But wait, you can’t taste it until the next day because now you have to refrigerate this delicious morsel overnight. Worth the wait.

Pork Belly Tacos

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Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 25 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Easy
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb pork belly

Pork Belly Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin


  • reserved fat from pork belly
  • reserved meat jelly from pork belly
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 2-3 sprigs chopped cilantro for garnish
  • pickles, hot peppers, fresh tomatoes


Gather all ingredients before starting the recipe.

  • Pre heat oven to 200℉
  • Trim pork belly of rind if any, and lightly score the top of the pork belly.
  • Combine 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp ground cumin in a small bowl.
  • Rub the seasoning into all sides of the pork belly and wrap in aluminum foil, twice.
  • Set the wrapped pork belly in an oven proof baking dish and place the dish in a preheated oven. Set your timer to 6 hours.
  • After 6 hours, remove pork belly and allow it to come to room temperature. Transfer the pork belly in its baking dish to the refrigerator and cool for 6 to 10 hours, or overnight.


  • Remove foil from pork belly, reserving the fat and the meat jelly and allow the pork 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Slice the pork into 1/2" slices, then slice again into 1/2" cubes.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add about 1 tbsp of the reserved fat. Return skillet to heat, then add the cubed pork belly.
  • Sauté the pork belly, turning after 2-3 minutes until all sides of the pork are a golden brown. Add the meat jelly to the pan and mix until melted and bubbly.


  • Microwave 8-10 tortillas placed between 2 sheets of paper towel on high for 1 minute.
  • Place a generous portion of the pork belly on each tortilla and serve with your favorite garnish.

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