Ponzu Pork Tacos with Mandarin Oranges

Ponzu Pork Tacos with Mandarin Oranges
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Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Emily Weeks, RDN, LD.
Take taco Tuesday to the next level with this diabetes-friendly recipe! The Japanese ponzu sauce adds Asian-inspired flair to the traditionally Mexican taco. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, with a touch of heat from red peppers, this recipe checks all the boxes.

Make a Japanese cucumber salad as a side dish for a veggie-rich meal.  
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    2 tacos
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    2 tacos
  • Amount per serving Calories 370

  • Total Fat 13g
    • Saturated Fat 3.5g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 60mg
  • Sodium 480mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 38g
    • Dietary Fiber 4g
    • Total Sugars 7g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 26g
  • Potassium 840mg
  • Phosphorus 375mg

Choices/Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1/2 Fruit, 3 Lean protein, 1 Fat



  • olive oil
    1 tbsp
  • thin boneless pork loin chops (sliced into strips)
    1 lbs
  • lower sodium soy sauce (for the Ponzu sauce)
    1/4 cup
  • orange (juice from 1/2 orange, for the Ponzu sauce)
  • lemon (juice from 1/2 lemon, for the Ponzu sauce)
  • garlic (minced, for the Ponzu sauce)
    2 clove
  • fresh ginger (minced, for the Ponzu sauce)
    1 tbsp
  • rice wine (mirin) (for the Ponzu sauce)
    1 tbsp
  • Cornstarch (for the Ponzu sauce)
    2 tsp
  • crushed red pepper flakes (for the Ponzu sauce)
    1/8 tsp
  • corn tortillas (6" corn tortillas)
    8 small
  • butter lettuce (shredded)
    2 cup
  • water- or juice-packed mandarin oranges (drained)
    10 oz
  • dried sesame noodles (lightly crushed)
    1/4 cup


  1. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and pork. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, 4–5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the Ponzu sauce.

  3. Pour Ponzu sauce into the skillet and cook for 2–3 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the pork. Remove from heat.

  4. To assemble, divide pork between tortillas. Top with lettuce, oranges, and crunchy noodles.