If you're craving Spanish food and missing holiday tapas meals don't worry! You can make this easy pinchos morunos recipe at home. These Spanish pork skewers are marinated and then grilled or baked to make a delicious healthy pork kebab that's great by itself as main meal or as part of a tapas meal.
I do like Spanish food and Spain is definitely one of my favourite countries to visit. We used to go there every year as a child and so it is the country I have visited the most often. I've always liked the food but didn't like tapas as a child. I wanted to choose my favourite dish and eat all of it!
The Great Thing about Tapas Meals
Nowadays, I love sharing tapas meals as it's a chance to try lots of different dishes as well as to eat my favourite: Spanish croquettes. I love the creaminess on the inside and the crunchiness of the outside. When I last went to Spain, in November, I ate croquettes about 5 times in just one week.
There were some disappointments though, such as the ones which were frozen in the middle. I sent them back and they were still frozen the second time they came out. They also forgot one of our dishes, which we decided was probably just as well.
I was also incredibly disappointed once to go to a tapas restaurant in Edinburgh, order croquettes and be given potato ones. Of course, I like potato ones as well, but they are not Spanish. So, if I like croquettes so much, why is this post supposedly about pinchos morunos?
Well, I wanted to make a dish for a spicy food bloggers' challenge and as lovely as croquettes are, they are not spicy. I could have made spicy ones - cheese and jalapeno croquettes would surely be delicious, but the truth is, I just didn't think of that until it was too late.
What are Pinchos Morunos?
So, I decided to make pinchos morunos. Little skewers of marinated meat are a very popular tapas dish in Spain and this is one of the most well-known. I know, you've looked at the picture and are thinking: Those are not little skewers of meat! That is not a tapa!
Admittedly, that's a fair point. I just happened to make mine a little bit bigger. And, I didn't have any small skewers!
How to Serve these Pinchos Morunos as Part of a Tapas Meal
If you do have small skewers then these Spanish pork skewers make a great tapas recipe. You could serve them with olives, Spanish chicken kebabs, Spanish omelette, Spanish bean salad and some lovely crusty bread.
How to serve these Spanish Pork Kebabs as a Main Meal
I served these as a main meal with some Spanish rice and spinach leaves as a side dish. The recipe easily served two of us, plus enough for leftovers for my lunch the next day!
You could serve them with a wrap or pitta bread and salad. They'd even be great with chips or how about making patatas bravas to go with them?
Pinchos Morunos Recipe (Spanish Pork Skewers)
Pinchos Morunos (Spanish Pork Skewers)
- 400 g pork tenderloin diced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the pork. Taste and adjust anything if necessary.
- Add the pork and stir well so the marinate coats all the pieces of meat. Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
- Before cooking, thread the meat onto skewers and cook on a griddle pan, grill, or put in the oven.
- Serve as a main meal or as part of a selection of tapas.
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