Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos

Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos marinated in tomatillo dressing 

Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos

After my neighborhood Mexican Fiesta in December I had steered clear of anything Mexican or Taco.  We had just consumed too much in leftovers.  Even though I adore Mexican food and one my cookbooks is Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking we had just eaten too many tacos.  So I thought…. I had some Tomatillo Ranch dressing in the refrigerator. You know that yummy sauce that is served in Cafe Rio.  I have a copycat version in Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking which is pretty close to the same yum as what you buy at the restaurant.   Anyway I decided it would be a really good marinade for pork.  I put the pork into a glass baking dish and covered it with Tomatillo Ranch Sauce.  I was thinking it would be a nice meat entree to go with? That was my problem trying to figure out what to serve with it.  It sat marinating for about 2 days before I could figure it out. 

Tacos became my answer.  I was leery.  But went ahead anyway.  I did a another taco recipe for the upcoming ebook featuring Taco Tuesday’s Recipes from my 2014 blog posts. 

Maybe Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos could be book worthy. 

Hmm, we shall see…

Tomatillo Ranch taco mrinate in popular tomatilo Ranch salad dressing

I decided bake the pork.  So I plucked each piece of meat out of the marinade with tongs and placed in a greased baking dish.  Baked for about 1 hour at 350 Degrees.  Meat turned out tender with a hint of the Tomatillo Ranch Sauce. 


Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos layered with cilantro, a hint of lime and some Roasted Tomatillo Salsa turned out fantastic. Top with a little cheese and some shredded lettuce and can I say “Taco Heaven”. Recipe definitely Taco Tuesday EBook Worthy.

If you don’t want to use it as a taco it would be great as a taco salad. Layered with black beans and a cilantro rice. 

Either way: Taco or Salad

You will love Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos


Tomatillo Ranch Pork Tacos
Serves 4
Delicious way to enjoy the creamy tomatillo ranch sauce.
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
24 hr 40 min
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
24 hr 40 min
867 calories
7 g
199 g
67 g
57 g
13 g
371 g
614 g
5 g
0 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 867
Calories from Fat 596
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 67g
Saturated Fat 13g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 29g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 199mg
Sodium 614mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 57g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 dry buttermilk ranch dressing packet
  2. 4 tomatillos, cleaned and peeled
  3. 1/2 bunch cilantro
  4. 1 garlic clove
  5. Juice of 1 lime
  6. 1 jalapeno, seeded and deveined
  7. 1 tsp vinegar
  8. 1 cup mayo
  9. 1/2 cup milk
  10. 4 pork chops
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and plus until thick. Refrigerate any leftovers.
  2. Pour sauce over 4 pork chops and marinate covered in the refrigerate over night.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly cut in strips and serve in taco shells
  1. Pork could be used atop a salad instead of in a taco shell
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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

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