While it's not the most common pantry ingredient, I always have a can of chipotle chiles in adobo on hand. Chipotles are smoked jalapeños that come dried or in the canned form. The canned variation contains a spicy red sauce that typically consists of pureed tomatoes, paprika, garlic, vinegar, and seasonings. The potent chilies (and their sauce) are a great flavoring agent and can be used in all sorts of recipes, such as these pork quesadillas. Here, they're combined with chopped tomatoes, cumin, and onion to create a coating for sliced pork.
Sandwiched between two tortillas and melted cheese, the pork filling is savory and delicious. Get this uncomplicated recipe and
- 2 boneless pork chops (about 3/4 pound)
- Salt and pepper
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
- 8 medium flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned, 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool; cut into thin strips.
- In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes and their juice, the garlic, chipotle and cumin and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes; stir in the pork and chopped cilantro.
- Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush one side of each tortilla with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Working in batches, cook the tortillas oiled side down until grill marks form, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Arrange 4 tortillas grilled side down on a baking sheet. Divide the pork mixture among the tortillas and sprinkle with the cheese. Top with the remaining tortillas, grilled side up. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
- Cut into wedges and top with the cilantro leaves.
- Main Dishes, Pork