We can never get enough of sweet and savory combos for dinner, which is why we’re head-over-heels for al pastor. Traditionally, the dish features pineapple-marinated pork shoulder that’s spit-roasted until caramelized and meltingly tender. For this riff on the classic, we swap in pork chops, which we rub with Southwest spices, then sear until juicy. The pineapple actually makes not one, but two appearances: The juice is simmered with rich spices and lime to form a tantalizing pan sauce, while the fruit is chopped and stirred into pico de gallo. It’s all served with zesty rice and a dollop of smoky red pepper crema.
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Southwest Spice Blend
Smoky Red Pepper Crema(ContainsMilk, Soy)
• Wash and dry all produce. • In a small pot, combine rice, 1¼ cups water (2¼ cups for 4 servings), and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.
• While rice cooks, drain pineapple over a small bowl, reserving juice; roughly chop. Dice tomato. Trim and thinly slice scallions. Zest and quarter lime. • To bowl with pineapple juice, stir in Tex-Mex paste, 2 TBSP water (3 TBSP for 4 servings), and juice from half the lime.
• In a medium bowl, combine tomato, chopped pineapple, scallions, and a squeeze of lime juice to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
• Pat pork* dry with paper towels and season all over with half the Southwest Spice (all for 4 servings), salt, and pepper. • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until browned and cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. TIP: If seasoning begins to burn before pork is cooked through, reduce heat to medium. • Turn off heat; transfer to a cutting board. Wipe out pan.
• Return pan used for pork to medium-high heat. Add pineapple juice mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook until slightly reduced, 2-3 minutes. • Remove from heat and stir in 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) until melted.
• Fluff rice with a fork; stir in lime zest and season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice pork crosswise. • Divide rice between bowls and top with pork. Drizzle pork with pan sauce, then garnish with pineapple salsa and smoky red pepper crema. Serve with any remaining lime wedges on the side.