Sep 12
Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa2 Comments

If you didn’t already know, Mexican is my favorite type of cuisine. I had it for my birthday dinner, and I usually suggest it for dinner parties with friends. It also happens that at least one Mexican dish appears on the weekly menu. Maybe it is the margaritas or the chips and guacamole that makes it so special, but it does make my work week a little brighter. When Cooking Light featured several different recipes on how to make pork tenderloin, I dog-earred every. single. one. This particular recipe was in the grill section, and I plan to grill for as long as possible.

The pork itself has a very spicy rub on it which compliments perfectly with the tang from the grilled pineapple. If heat is not your thing, simply leave out the jalapeno from the salsa. After every meal I ask Blair the same question, “Is this blog-worthy?” Not only did he think I was crazy for even asking this question, but he then proclaimed that this dinner landed in his top 5 dinners I have ever made. If that doesn’t convince you to make this soon then I am not sure what will!

Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
(Printable Recipe)

For the pork:
1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray

For the salsa:
4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices fresh pineapple
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 jalapeño, thinly sliced

For serving:
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
8 lime wedges

What you’ll do:

Mince chipotle chile. Combine chipotle and oil in a small bowl; rub evenly over top of the pork. Combine oregano and other spices. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork, and let stand for 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the grill to high heat.

While grill is heating, prepare ingredients for salsa. In a small bowl, add cilantro, red onion, lime juice, jalapeno, and salt. Mix together and set aside.

Coat grill with cooking spray and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees. Remove pork from grill, tent with foil, and let stand for 5 minutes. Once the 5 minutes is up, coarsly chop and keep warm.

Spray grill with some more cooking spray and grill pineapple for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and coarsely chop, add to other salsa ingredients, toss to combine. If desired, prepare tortillas on the grill. Working in 2 or 3 batches, place the tortillas in a single layer on the cooler side of the now-empty grill and cook until warm and lightly browned, about 20 seconds per side. As the tortillas are done, wrap them in a kitchen towel or a large sheet of foil.

Source: Cooking Light September 2011

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2 Responses to Tacos Al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

  1. Peggy says:

    Yum! These tacos look incredible – the salsa definitely brings them to a whole new level =)

  2. I always ask my husband the same thing. It’s disappointing when he says no, but I know I have a winner when he says yes. I know he’d just love these. I’m pinning them right now!

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