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Al Pastor Kabobs – cubed pork marinated in a spicy pineapple sauce and grilled on kabobs with fresh pineapple and red peppers. If you love pastor tacos, these are a must make during grilling season!
Who is ready to talk about grilling?!
So we moved a couple weeks ago. The first thing we bought when we got a little settled in was a grill. And these were the first thing I’ve ever grilled alone! So that tells you how easy they are.
They are delicious, full of so much flavor. There are guajillo chiles (scroll down for substitutions if you can’t find them), chipotles in adobo, pineapple juice! And that’s just in the marinade. The marinated pork is layered with fresh pineapple and bell peppers and then grilled to perfection.
How To Make Al Pastor Kabobs
Okay, this is going to look like a lot of steps but I promise it’s really not that bad!
- Toast guajillo chile in a hot skillet until softened; add water and transfer chile and water to a bowl. Cover tightly and let continue to soften for about 5 minutes
- In a blender, combine chile and water mixture, garlic, cumin, oregano, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, pineapple juice, salt and Mazola® Corn Oil
- Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade
- Pour the remaining marinade over cubed pork in a shallow dish
- Cover and let marinate in refrigerator for 4 hours (up to overnight)
- When ready to grill, pour reserved marinade over cubed pineapple and sliced bell pepper
- Layer marinated pork, pineapple, and bell pepper on skewers
- Grill over high heat for 3 – 5 minutes per side, depending on size of the pork
Okay, so guajillo chile is the one kind of specialty ingredient in this recipe. I live in Texas so they’re widely available here but I’m not sure about everywhere else. Guajillo chiles are dried chiles and I find them in the Mexican aisle of pretty much every grocery store around here.
When we were in Colorado, all the dried chiles were in the produce section so check there, too.
If you can’t find them, use 1 tsp of ancho chili powder. And if you can’t find that either, extra chipotles in adobo will work just fine. It will still be spicy and super flavorful.
Because the guajillo chile is dried you have to soften them up before using them in the marinade. To do that, you toast them on all sides in a hot skillet until they start to brown and then add water to the hot skillet. Move the entire mixture over to a bowl and cover it tightly. That way the steam softens it up and then you can blend it up in your marinade.
Tips for Making Al Pastor Kabobs
- If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 30 minutes before adding the meat and veggies
- Don’t love bell peppers? Red onion would be delicious! Just follow the same instructions, substituting the onion.
- If you’re planning a party, you can get the pork in the marinade the night before so all you have to do the day of the party is layer everything on the kabobs and grill them for just a few minutes.
- Serve them on their own or with rice or even with tortillas on the side.
More Grilling Recipes
- Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
- Honey Chicken Kabobs
- Grilled Stuffed Peppers
- Grilled Lemon Thyme Pork Chops
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- 1 dried guajillo chile, stem and seeds removed
- ½ cup water
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano (Mexican oregano if you have it)
- 1 chipotle in adobo pepper plus 2 tsp adobo sauce
- ½ cup canned pineapple juice
- 2 tsp Kosher salt
- 3 tbsp Mazola® Corn Oil
- 2 pounds pork loin, cut into slightly larger than bite size chunks
For the skewers:
- 1 pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 bell pepper (any color), sliced
- Toast chile in a saucepan over medium-high heat until softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes
- Once toasted, add water to the hot pan.
- Transfer chile and water to a bowl and cover tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Let stand for about 5 minutes
- Pour chile and water into a blender. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, pineapple juice, and salt. Blend until smooth. Add Mazola® Corn Oil and blend until just combined. Reserve ¼ of the marinade. Pour the rest into a shallow dish large enough to hold pork.
- Add pork to the shallow dish and toss to coat.
- Place in refrigerate and let marinate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
- When ready to assemble kabobs, toss pineapple and pepper in the reserved marinade.
- Layer pork, pineapple, and pepper on kabobs
- Grill over high heat about 3 - 5 minutes per side, until cooked through and slightly charred.
- Remove from grill and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 880mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 41g