Sweet and Spicy Pork Fajitas with Squash and Zucchini

Grill boneless pork chops for these fajitas with a warm tomato-and-squash relish.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Sweet and Spicy Marinade:

1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing the grill grates

1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro

1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

6 garlic cloves, smashed

2 jalapenos (seeds removed for less heat)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds 1-inch-thick boneless center-cut pork chops

Squash and Zucchini:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch half-moons

Kosher salt.

1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch half-moons

1 bunch scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths

1 large tomato, chopped

1 red jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

For Serving: Warm tortillas, crumbled Cotija cheese, sliced pickled jalapenos, lime wedges, chopped red onion, sour cream, tomatillo salsa


  1. For the sweet and spicy marinade: Put the oil, cilantro, honey, lime juice, thyme, garlic, jalapenos, 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse to puree. Transfer the mixture to a nonreactive container, add the pork chops and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours before cooking.
  2. For the squash and zucchini: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the zucchini is light brown and tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, yellow squash and a pinch of salt, then transfer the cooked squash to the plate. Add the scallions to the skillet and cook, stirring once or twice, until lightly charred. Add the tomato, jalapeno and the cooked zucchini and squash and stir to combine. Add the cilantro and season with salt. Set aside.
  3. Prepare an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  4. Brush the grill grates with oil. Grill the pork chops until marked and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and thinly slice.
  5. Serve with the warm tortillas, the squash and zucchini mixture and toppings.
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