This is a chilified version of Tacos al Pastor, spicy pork tacos topped with grilled pineapple and garnished with chopped onion, cilantro, and lime wedges. I've made a fairly traditional sauce using a combination of guajillo and ancho chiles with minimal spices added. The ancho helps to keep the heat level at medium, so if you want more heat you can increase the guajillos and decrease or eliminate the ancho. I served the chili over polenta wedges as a nod to the corn tortillas usually used for the tacos. I caramelized the pineapple in a skillet rather than firing up the grill to simplify things. Once dished up and garnished it became a satisfying version of Tacos al Pastor in a bowl. If you are able, make the chili a day ahead as the flavor is even better the second day!
I really love the sweet, spicy combo of the complex chili with the caramelized pineapple. The chili itself is very thick and the meat is falling apart tender with a good combination of spices. Served over polenta, it makes the perfect bowl of comfort food. The cilantro and lime garnish add just the right touch of freshness. It's a a fun untraditional chili perfect for when you are looking for something out of the ordinary. —Stephanie Bourgeois