Have I mentioned that I don't like pineapple?
I've tried. I've eaten it quite a few times, thinking maybe I didn't get a "good" one the last time. But sadly, I don't like pineapple. Not on its own.
And the streak continues with these pineapple-chipotle pork tacos. I needed pineapple juice for the sangria, and I bought a four-pack of 8-ounce cans at Trader Joe's. The sangria only used 1 can, so I had 3 left over. What to do with 24 ounces of pineapple juice?
Dave used two cans to experiment with a new cocktail. I did a Google search to find a recipe to use the last one. I knew I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer to use. And on About.com, I found pineapple-chipotle pork. At the bottom of the recipe, they note that the pork can be sliced thinly and served on a tortilla, so I decided to serve it that way.
These tacos were delicious — the marinade makes them SPICY, but the avocado crema cuts the heat. All that being said, they needed something more. Maybe some type of salsa or slaw for a textural crunch.
Well, I guess I'll just have to make these again. 😉 Oh, the sacrifices I make for this blog!
Recipe: Pineapple-Chipotle Pork Tacos
Adapted from About.com
- For the tacos:
- 4 soft flour tortillas
- 8 oz pineapple juice
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed
- Kosher salt to taste
- Vegetable oil
- For the avocado crema:
- 1 ripe avocado, mashed
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- ⅛ tsp kosher salt
- Put the pineapple juice in a small mixing bowl. Using a microplane, grate the garlic into the pineapple juice. Add the chipotle pepper, chili powder,cumin, cinnamon and white vinegar and stir to combine.
- Place the pork tenderloin in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over top. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Chill in the refrigerator at least 8 hours, up to 24 hours.
- Remove the pork from the marinade and pat dry with a paper towel. Season all over with salt to taste.
- Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium and simmer 10 to 15 minutes to reduce the marinade down to a glaze; reserve.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown on all sides (about a minute per side). Transfer the pork to a roasting pan, brush on some of the glaze if desired, and roast in the oven for about 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- To serve, warm the tortillas on a paper towel in the microwave for 20 seconds. Divide the pork and the avocado crema among the tortillas.
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4