Tacos Al Pastor | Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Tacos Al Pastor | Sweet & Spicy Tacos hot off the grill

Street Tacos off the grill!  The pork loin portion of this recipe is a worth a go all on it’s own.  Truly a great way to fix quick & flavorful piece of meat on the grill.  It would totally stand on it’s own or in many other dishes – we certainly will be using it again in the future.

Tacos Al Pastor | Sweet & Spicy Tacos hot off the grill

But, the star of the tacos actually ends up being the grilled pineapple salsa.  If you have never grilled pineapple, it’s your turn… The heat caramelizes into a whole new kind of sweet delight and the smokiness just works. Normally grilled pineapple is treated like a dessert and dolled up with lots of honey, brown sugar or coconut.  Here is becomes a relish-style salsa with lime juice, red onion, cilantro, and bit of spice from jalapeño. It pairs perfectly with the pork and would also be great on fish!

Grilled Pineapple Salsa | Sweet & Spicy Salsa hot off the grill

Without further ado or remark and simply because Mondays should be all about street food:

Tacos Al Pastor | Sweet & Spicy Tacos hot off the grill

TACOS AL PASTOR WITH GRILLED PINEAPPLE SALSA

Pork 

  • 1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh 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

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

DIRECTIONS: To prepare pork, preheat the grill to high heat.

Mince chipotle chile. Combine chipotle and oil in a small bowl; rub evenly over pork. Combine oregano and the next 4 ingredients (through black pepper). Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork, and let stand for 30 minutes. Place the pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer registers 145°. Remove pork from grill; let stand 5 minutes. Coarsely chop pork; keep warm.

To prepare salsa, place pineapple on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill for 5 minutes on each side. Coarsely chop pineapple, and place in a medium bowl. Add cilantro and next 4 ingredients (through jalapeño); toss to combine.

Warm the tortillas according to package directions. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates, and divide pork evenly among tortillas. Top each taco with about 3 tablespoons salsa. Serve with lime wedges.

Tacos Al Pastor | Sweet & Spicy Tacos hot off the grill
Another little ditty of a recipe from Cooking Light: A New Way to Cook Light

Tacos, tacos, tacos {name that movie! 🙂 }
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