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  1. #1 Tacos al Pastor 
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    Aug 2005
    Tacos al Pastor
    Makes 6 to 8 servings
    Pineapple and Pork tacos a cross between Middle Eastern shawarma and the guajillo-rubbed grilled pork served by Mexican street vendors.

    1 large white onion, halved
    1 pineapple, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
    1/2 cup fresh orange juice
    1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
    1/4 cup guajillo chile powder
    3 garlic cloves, halved
    2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
    1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 large or 2 small chipotle chiles and 1 to 2 teaspoons adobo from canned chipotle chiles in adobo
    1 2 1/2-to 3-pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1/2-inch slices
    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    Corn or wheat tortillas
    Smoky Two-Chile Salsa
    Lime wedges
    Coarsely chop 1 onion half. Coarsely chop 2 pineapple rounds, discarding core; cover and chill

    remaining pineapple. Place chopped onion and chopped pineapple in blender. Add orange juice and next 7 ingredients; puree marinade until smooth. Place pork in large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade and seal bag, releasing excess air. Turn to coat. Chill at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.

    Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill remaining pineapple until warm and slightly charred, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Grill pork with some marinade still clinging until slightly charred and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer pineapple and pork to work surface; chop pineapple into 1/2-inch cubes, discarding cores. Chop pork. Transfer to platter; toss to combine.
    Meanwhile, finely chop remaining onion half and place in medium bowl. Add cilantro; toss to combine.

    Grill tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.Serve pork-pineapple mixture with onion-cilantro relish, Smoky Two-Chile Salsa, and lime wedges.
    Smoky Two Chile Salsa

    8 large dried guajillo chiles or New Mexico chiles, stemmed, seeded, coarsely torn
    2 cups hot water
    1/2 medium onion, halved lengthwise through core end
    3 garlic cloves, peeled
    1 to 2 chipotle chiles and 1 to 2 teaspoons adobo from canned chipotles in adobo
    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
    Coarse kosher salt

    Heat small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic to dry skillet; cook until browned in spots, about 6 minutes for garlic and 10 minutes for onion. Trim core from onion. Place onion and garlic in blender. Add drained chiles, 1 cup soaking liquid, 1 chipotle chile, 1 teaspoon adobo, cilantro, and
    lime juice; puree until smooth. Add remaining chipotle and 1 teaspoon adobo, if desired; puree. Transfer to bowl. Season to taste with coarse salt. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.
    Guajillo-Rubbed Grilled Pork Loin

    4-6 Lb Piece of Lean Pork Tenderloin
    2 Dried Guajillo Chili Pepper
    1 Tbs Ancho Chili Powder
    1 Tbs Light Brown Sugar
    1 Tbs Ground Cumin
    1/2Tsp Ground Cinnamon
    1Tbs Whole Coriander Seed
    1/2Tbs Whole Peppercorns
    1Tsp Kosher Salt

    Let the loin come to room temperature before cooking.
    Make the dry rub by placing everything (except the loin. please), into a spice mill or small food processor. Pulse until well combined.Cover both sides of the loin with dry rub and let stand at room temperature until ready to grill.

    Grill over direct-high heat about 34 minutes on each side, or until a dark crust forms. After both sides are browned, move loin to the side of the grill (over indirect heat) and continue cooking, grill covered, 1012 minutes (depending on thickness).Remove from grill and let loin stand 510 minutes before slicing into it.

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    Jan 2010
    WOW I ate these non stop this summer in Palenque. They are incrediable.

    I am going to try and make them this week but I Am going to make the Gringas version which puts a little white cheese on them and grilled pinapple.
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