5 Picante Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Pork

5 Picante Recipes That Will Spice Up Your Pork

Raise your hand if you like pork. Raise two hands if you like spicy food. Well, it’s your lucky day; we have 5 pork recipes about to kick to your meal preparation into high gear with spice and flavor. After all, winter is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to indulge in a hearty dish that warms you from the inside and fills you with culinary satisfaction.


Before we dig into these recipes, let’s discuss some facts about pork, because there is a lot of debate over whether or not pork is good for you. According to Kate Patton, registered dietitian with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute, in an article for Time, “a lean cut like pork tenderloin or center cut pork chop is a good choice for your health. Pork tenderloin is actually as lean as chicken breast.” Kristi King, senior clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital, continues to say “it’s also an excellent choice for protein.”


Now that we have that cleared up, let’s move on to the good stuff. How should you prepare your pork? As with most meats and most cuisine, pork recipes range from mild and satisfying, to complex and mouth-on-fire spicy. It’s all a matter of preference. If you prefer your meals with a little more heat, here are 5 deliciously pork recipes that will spice up your meal and take your dish to a whole new level.

  1. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with pickled Jalapeño Salsa

    A really good grilled pork tenderloin is hard to beat. But if simply grilled meat isn’t quite meeting your preferred spice level, then topping it off with this pickled jalapeño salsa should do the trick. The meat itself is marinated with jalapeño brine (the juice from the picked jalapeños), then you dress the cooked meat with the jalapeño salsa, so every inch and every bite of your pork has some spice and a ton of flavor. The actual cooking time isn’t too crazy, about 20-30 minutes total. The trick is to let the meat marinade for about 4 hours prior to cooking—that’s where all the flavor gets locked into your pork.

  2. Tostadas de Tinga Poblana

    These tostadas are easy to make and thanks to the chipotle chiles mixed within the shredded pork, they pack a punch. The first step is to cook and shred the meat. Once that shredded meat is mixed with fried chorizo and a spicy tomato-based sauce, the flavor is out of this world. Plus you can add more chiles if you want to raise this dish’s spice level.

  3. Cilantro Serrano Marinated Pork

    Pork chops = good. Plain and simple. Pork chops marinated in a spicy Serrano pepper sauce = REALLY, REALLY good. Even if you’re not a huge fan of cilantro, you can swap that particular ingredient with your favorite fresh herbs. Make sure you prepare the marinade in advance and let your pork chops soak in that sauce for a solid 2-4 hours to ensure they are as flavorful as possible. The marinade time is really where you’ll need to be patient; the actual cook time is fairly quick, only about 4-5 minutes per side. And yes, you’ll want to serve this with some extra sauce on the side. People love it.

  4. Pork Country Ribs in a Chile Ancho Sauce

    These days we are huge fans of any dish that involves one pan—easy preparation, easy cleanup, resulting in a tasty dish to devour. Everyone wins. These pork ribs are the one-pan pork dish we’ve been looking for. They have just the right amount of spice thanks to its chile ancho sauce, which is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the pineapple. Everything is cooked in one pan, which goes back and forth from the stovetop to the oven (so make sure it’s an oven-safe skillet). In the end, you get pork ribs that are tender, juicy, spicy and sweet.

  5. Baby-Back Rib Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

    If you love ribs and you love tacos then you will love this recipe. While the recipe requires a few more steps than your typical taco dish, it’s well worth the effort and wait. These ribs are covered in an adobo sauce that offers just the right amount of spice. If you really want your meat bursting with flavor, make the adobo marinade the day before and let them sit overnight; trust us, it’s worth the extra prep work. Once the meat is cooked, it is topped off with a chile glaze that is equal spicy, tangy and sweet. The final touch to your taco is a pineapple salsa that uses habanero and jalapeño peppers (aka it’s spicy). These tacos are unforgettable.

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