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Al Pastor Pork Skewers With Cilantro Chimichurri

Marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce made with guajillo and ancho chiles and fresh pineapple, these skewers are served with a tangy chimichurri sauce.
al pastor kabob recipe
  • Makes 4 servings
  • Prep Time 30 minutes, plus one to four hours for marinating
  • Cook Time 12 to 16 minutes

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 3 dried guajillo chilies, seeds and veins removed
  • 2 dried ancho chilies, seeds and veins removed
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¾ cup chopped pineapple
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tbs. achiote paste (or add more cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano as noted below)
  • 1 ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin (plus ½ tsp. if not using achiote paste)
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika (plus 1 tbs. if not using achiote paste)
  • ½ tsp. Mexican or Italian oregano (plus ¼ tsp. if not using achiote paste)
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves

Chimichurri

  • 2 ½ cups loosely packed cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion, rinsed under cold water
  • 2 tbs. lime juice
  • 2 tbs. water
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Mexican or Italian oregano
  • 2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

Pork Skewers

  • 1 ½ lb. boneless pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups cubed pineapple (¾ inch)
  • 1¾ cups cubed red onions (¾ inch)
  • 20 presoaked wooden skewers

Directions

Prepare the marinade:
STEP 1
Add the dried chilies and water to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and cover the pan; allow the chilies to soften for eight to 10 minutes.
STEP 2
Place the softened chilies and remaining marinade ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
STEP 3
Set aside ¼ cup of the marinade for brushing the skewers during grilling.
STEP 4
Place the pork cubes in a medium bowl and pour the remaining marinade over them.
STEP 5
Allow to marinate for at least one hour (or up to four hours) in the refrigerator.
Prepare the chimichurri:
STEP 1
Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor or blender until finely chopped.
STEP 2
Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil.
Prepare the skewers:
STEP 1
Alternate the pork, pineapple, and onion cubes on the skewers.
STEP 2
Grill the skewers for three to four minutes on all sides until golden brown.
STEP 3
Lightly brush the skewers with reserved marinade and cook briefly on each side to seal.
STEP 4
Serve with the chimichurri on the side.

Photography: Terry Brennan; Styling: Betsy Nelson

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Jose
Jose Guzman, RDN

Jose Guzman, RDN, is a New Mexico-based dietitian and chef.

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