Grilled Pork Tacos With Pineapple

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"This is out of the Food Network Magazine dated May 2021"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (456.1 g)
  • Calories 521.2
  • Total Fat - 19.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 65.8 mg
  • Sodium - 910.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 60.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10 g
  • Sugars - 13.1 g
  • Protein - 30.5 g
  • Calcium - 182.4 mg
  • Iron - 3.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 94.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat a grill to medium high. Put the chiles on a microwave safe plate and microwave until fragrant and pliable, about 10 seconds (or toast in a small dry skillet over medium heat). Remove stems, then tear the chiles and transfer to a blender. Add the vegetable oil, 1 pineapple slice, the orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Puree until smooth.

Step 2

Trim the pork, then halve crosswise and lengthwise to create 4 pieces. Put in a shallow dish, add the chile puree and turn to coat; let marinate, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

Mean while, put the onion in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold water; transfer to a bowl. Stir in the lime juice and a big pinch each of salt and pepper; set aside.

Step 4

Remove the pork from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Oil the grill grates, then transfer the pork and remaining 2 pineapple slices to the gill. Cover the grill and cook, turning the pineapple and pork occasionally, until the pineapple is well marked, about 4 minutes, and the pork is just cooked through and lightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 5

Chop the pineapple and add to the onion mixture along with the chopped cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Slice the pork and the avocado. Warm the tortillas as the label directs. Fill with the pork, pineapple mixture, avocado and the cilantro leaves.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the guajillo chile peppers, make sure they are pliable and fragrant.
  • When purchasing the pork tenderloin, look for a piece that is evenly shaped and pink in color.

  • For the guajillo chile peppers, substitute 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika for a milder flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a smoky flavor without the spiciness of the chiles.
  • For the pork tenderloin, substitute chicken breast for a leaner protein. The benefit of this substitution is that it offers a leaner and healthier alternative to the pork, while still providing a flavorful protein for the tacos.

Beef Tacos with Mango Replace the pork with 1 1/4 pounds of lean ground beef. Replace the pineapple with 3 slices of fresh mango (about 1/4 inch thick). Replace the orange juice with 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Replace the avocado with 1/2 cup of diced jicama. Replace the cilantro with 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped, plus whole leaves for topping.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - This fresh and flavorful side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the Grilled Pork Tacos With Pineapple. The combination of sweet corn, creamy mayo, and zesty lime juice adds a delicious contrast to the savory tacos.

Mexican Rice Pilaf
RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: Mexican Rice Pilaf is a flavorful and easy-to-make side dish that pairs perfectly with Grilled Pork Tacos With Pineapple. It's made with a blend of long grain rice, garlic, onion, and Mexican spices, and is sure to add a flavorful boost to your meal.


Q: How long should I marinate the pork?

A: Marinate the pork in the chile puree for 10 to 15 minutes.

Q: What type of chile should I use for the marinade?

A: Use a mild to medium-heat chile such as ancho, guajillo, or pasilla.

1 Reviews


SO GOOD. I used whole wheat flour tortillas instead of corn, and I omitted the avocado (we're a weird group of picky people) but otherwise made as directed. The grilled pineapple is amazing. I put the onion onion and cilantro in a different dish than the pork and pineapple, so people could grab what they wanted. I will make this again and I encourage everyone else to make this too! Made for Billboard Tag in the forums.


review by:
(14 Aug 2023)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The guajillo chile pepper used in this recipe is native to Mexico and has been used for centuries in traditional Mexican cuisine. It is often used in dishes like mole and tamales.

Fun Fact 2: Grilled pork tacos with pineapple is a popular dish in Mexico, and it is said to have been invented by the famous Mexican chef, Rick Bayless. He is known for his innovative recipes that combine traditional Mexican flavors with modern cooking techniques.