New Mexican Pork Kebabs for Two

WW Recipe of the Day: New Mexican Pork Kebabs for Two
(176 calories | *4 WW SmartPoints)

What is it about meat on a stick that is so appealing? Skewered meats can be found in nearly every culture on the planet. The hardest part of this dish is to decide where to “go”…

USA? Spain? France? Italy? Asia? Mid-east? Africa?

Once you’ve decided, then pick spices that can be found in the country.

Tasty grilled pork and vegetable skewers on plate with lemon slices

Grilled pork kabobs

For these pork kebabs, I’ve chosen our own southwest New Mexico and have used cumin, chili powder, garlic and cayenne.

How to Add Spices to Kebabs

There are two ways to get those spices onto the kabobs. Both are easy!

The first way is to simply mix the spices on a plate and roll the skewers in the blend.

The other method is to combine the mixture in a bowl with a small amount of olive or canola oil and rub the meat in the blend before skewering. This last technique is a good one if the pork is particularly lean.

I used to soak the skewers in water before using them, however a few years ago I abandoned this well known step and the skewers were perfectly fine and came off the grill unscathed! Save a step where you can.

Veggies on the skewers are most welcome too!

Fresh vegetables (red bell pepper, zucchini, onion) chopped in bowls

Chopped Red Bell Peppers and Zucchini

I have used red pepper squares here however halved cherry tomatoes, small onion chunks, whole small mushrooms or zucchini rounds work just as well.

Search around your refrigerator to see what’s available and use them freely for both color and flavor. Make sure to marinate them in the herbs as well.

Quick, easy, flexible—my favorite ways to have a year round go-to dinner. Happy skewering!

How to Cook Kabobs

Cooking kebabs is a snap. Lot of choices for grilling here—outside BBQ, indoor grill, stove top griddle or broil function of your oven.

Pork kabob skewers with peppers and onions on a grill

New Mexican Spiced Pork Kabobs

Depending on the weather, the outdoor option will give you the smokiest flavor if that’s appealing.

I like to make these all year round and often choose the indoor way to go in the fall and chilly early spring.

How Many Calories and WW Points in these Kebabs?

According to my calculations, each 3 skewer serving has 176 calories, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

How to Serve New Mexican Spiced Pork Kabobs

If you can find the Hatch chilies of New Mexico, or better, prepared HatchValley Green Chile Salsa, serve the kabobs with it. If Hatch chilies are unavailable in your area, use any tomato or tomatillo salsa. This Fresh Salsa Mexican de Jerez is also a winner. 

How to Use Pork Kebab Leftovers

These kabobs are small enough that we generally finish ’em up right away! Should you be left with some, they are great cold as an added salad protein.

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Mew Mexican Pork Kebabs for Two

Cook time is quick for the spiced pork kebabs! Plan on only 5 to 10 minutes depending on your heat source and size of the meat cubes.

  • 1/2 pound pork loin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Thread the pork onto 6 bamboo skewers, alternating the meat with 2 to 3 pepper squares per stick.

  2. Mix together the garlic and dry spices and place on a dinner plate. Roll the kabobs in the spice mixture to lightly coat the meat. Note that at this point, the dish can be covered and refrigerated for 4 hours.

  3. When ready to cook, heat a BBQ grill of your choice or preheat the oven to broil.

  4. Grill or broil the kabobs for 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, until browned, firm and thoroughly cooked.

If you can find the Hatch chilies of New Mexico, or better, prepared Hatch Chile Salsa, serve the kabobs with it. If Hatch chilies are unavailable in your area, use any tomato or tomatillo salsa.


Serving size: 3 kabob skewers (1/2 recipe)

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *4

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Hallie HarronOriginally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hallie is a chef-teacher who eventually found her way to Provence, France, where she gave food and wine tours of the region.

In addition to writing more than a dozen cookbooks, she has also been teaching both professional and recreational cooking classes since 1978.

Hallie looks forward to sharing some of her favorite easy, healthy recipes with you here on Simple Nourished Living.

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