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3 1/2

pounds boneless pork (Boston butt)

1 1/2

ounces annatto paste

2

chipotle peppers in adobo

1

small white onion, chopped

1

large fresh pineapple, diced

1/2

cup apple cider vinegar

2

medium red onions, one sliced thin and the other diced

2

Serrano peppers, minced

1/2

cup cilantro, chopped

20

corn tortillas (40 if you like your tacos with double tortilla)

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  • 1

    Transfer the pork to a heavy storage bag and set aside.

  • 2

    In the blender, combine the annatto paste, chipotle peppers, white onion, garlic, bay leaves, tomatoes, 1 cup fresh pineapple, apple cider vinegar, water, oregano, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Blend until smooth and taste for salt. Pour marinade over pork, seal bag and marinate for 24 hours.

  • 3

    Remove the pork from the refrigerator 30 minutes before roasting. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  • 4

    Transfer the pork and all the marinade into a deep roasting pan. Discard storage bag. Cover with lid and roast for 2 hours. Uncover after 2 hours and continue roasting for another hour, basting every 20 minutes.

  • 5

    In a small bowl, combine the thinly sliced red onion, red wine vinegar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Stir well to combine, cover and set aside.

  • 6

    In a large bowl, add the remaining pineapple, diced red onion, Serrano peppers, bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Stir well to combine, taste for salt, cover and set aside.

  • 7

    When ready, remove the pork from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes before slicing or chopping. Transfer the pork to a serving dish, pour the pan juices over it, and cover to keep warm. Warm the corn tortillas on a large griddle or comal and wrap in foil paper to keep warm. Garnish tacos with pineapple salsa and pickled red onions.

Expert Tips

  • Grilling fruits like pineapple and mango brings out their sweetness and adds a nice smoky flavor.

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More About This Recipe

  • An authentic preparation of tacos al pastor is a sight to remember: stacks of pork, pineapple, onions and spices all layered on a vertical barbeque rotisserie spit. The sweetness of the pineapple and spiciness of the chipotle make for a delicious taco!

Authentic Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

We all know that authentic Mexican food is some of the best in the world. When you’re ready for something truly great, look no further than tacos al pastor. An authentic-tasting tacos al pastor recipe involves pork, pineapples, garlic, peppers, and a few other yummy essentials. All you need is a trip to the grocery store or Latino market, and then some time and dedication! Grilling the pork over low heat gives the marinade time to caramelize and mingle with the rendering fat. It’s the stuff crispy bits are made of, which you definitely want!

Here’s what you’ll need to buy:

  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 10 guajillo chiles
  • 2 chiles de árbol
  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), sliced ¾” thick
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons prepared or fresh achiote paste
  • 3 ounces kosher salt
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, cut into ½” rings, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped, divided
  • 2 red habanero chiles, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Tacos Al Pastor

The process of making these tacos may seem a little daunting, but trust me when I say they are 100 percent worth it. And the pork for these tacos would normally be slowly cooked for hours so, this is even a little sped up version. Traditional tacos al pastor are made on a vertical rotisserie just like chicken shawarma. The method was used by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico and the tacos adapted to fit the culinary scene of Mexico with their spices and quickly became a popular street food. If you don't want to make your own achiote paste, you can always buy a premade paste to streamline the recipe. Serve it up with some queso and call it a fiesta.

Have you made these yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on April 23, 2021 to include more information about the dish.


Al Pastor 101

Heat a skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and guajillo chilies to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant and garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine oil mixture, cumin, pineapple, pineapple juice, oregano, salt, vinegar, and achiote in a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Place sliced pork in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over pork. Seal bag and shake until evenly coated. Chill a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil a heavy cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, cook the pork in the skillet slightly charred and cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Serve in warm tortillas topped with onions, cilantro, and fresh pineapple.

Have your taco Tuesdays become a little &hellip predictable? Have you been using the same seasoned ground beef taco recipe for the last, oh, 523 Tuesdays? If so, I suggest changing things up with some Tacos al Pastor. This sweet, spicy, and smoky pork taco is everything.

What is al pastor?

Al pastor is a delicious preparation of pork developed in central Mexico. True al pastor is made with pork that is first marinated in dried chiles, spices, achiote, and pineapple, then grilled on a vertical spit.

It&rsquos typically served on tortillas with pineapple, onions, and cilantro. If tacos al pastor is on the menu, you better believe that&rsquos what I am ordering.

Why is it called al pastor?

As I mentioned earlier, al pastor is from central Mexico. But did you know that it can trace its roots all the way back to Lebanon? In the early 1900s, many Lebanese immigrated to Mexico and brought with them a rich food culture. One of the traditions they brought with them was the method of roasting meat on a vertical spit.

Over time, Mexican shepherds adopted this technique and began preparing strips of marinated pork on vertical spits. This preparation was eventually called &ldquoal pastor,&rdquo which means &ldquoshepherd style.&rdquo

What cut of meat is best for al pastor?

The most traditional cut of pork to use for al pastor is thinly sliced pork shoulder. The fact that it happens to be my favorite cut of pork only further explains why I love al pastor so much. You can also use pork sirloin or pork loin, but be careful as these two cuts are much leaner than pork shoulder and can easily dry out.

Full disclaimer: I did not make this recipe on a vertical spit, because let&rsquos be honest, how many of us have a vertical spit laying around. So I&rsquom not going to claim that this recipe is authentic. But it&rsquos pretty darn close and it&rsquos assuredly delicious.


Reviews

kosher salt is called kosher salt because the size of its crystals is ideal for drawing out moisture from meat, making it perfect for use in the koshering process. It also does not have iodine in it, making it taste better. Regular salt usually has iodine in it and kosher salt does not, making it taste better. It isn't necessarily blessed by a Rabbi.

I think the problem with pineapple making the pork mushy for some is some people are using fresh pineapple, which still has active enzymes, vs canned pineapple where the heating process has killed the enzymes. Just a thought as to why some people had mushy meat and others didn't. I made this as others suggested w/o the pineapple and with lime instead. It was just meh. I can't imagine that the pineapple would have elevated this much more than fresh lime. maybe? It just tasted like chili powder paste on grilled pork. I even made homemade guajillo chile powder (a pain) and grilled the pork on hardwood charcoal. The smokey salsa recipe was good but I prefer tomatillo salsa for the bright fresh flavor. You never know until you try, right? :)

This was fabulous! Two small deviations: 1) I used a pork shoulder, left it whole, and put it into the slow cooker for 6 hours on low then shredded it for serving. 2) I grilled the pineapple rounds and left them for serving on the side as we're not fans of pineapple in food, but love it alongside of it. My sisters and brother-in-law came over for leftovers, one took a bite and thrillingly exclaimed that Iɽ made "Mexican street tacos!" A+

Awesome. My husband is Mexican and he loved it.

Definitely pretty tasty--the marinade is excellent (omitted pineapple and subbed lime and sugar as suggested by other reviewers), and I loved the grilled pineapple pairing, although my husband found it a bit strange. However, the pork loin made for a pretty dry taco filling--next time I'll try using pork shoulder for a higher fat content and more flavor. A creamy addition like guacamole or sour cream would be a good addition as well. Also, for reference: it takes 13 dried guajillo chiles to make 1/4 cup of chile powder.

And fry pork in cast iron skillet at high temp until it browns nicely.

Also cook the leftover marinade, mix with onions and jalapeños and cabbage, and use as a salsa for the dish. It was awesome.

Fabulous recipe. I was able to find some dried Guajillo peppers and someone suggested warming them in a super hot skillet for 30-45 seconds before removing the seeds and grinding them. I see why. It enhanced the fruity flavor they have. The second time we made the tacos we substituted pork tenderloin, which was nice, and we added guacamole and mango to the table, which were good with the tacos too. Now that we have made this a few times now, the one thing we changed was the salsa. We did this. 12 oz black plum tomatoes 1/2 cup Vidalllia onion 1/4 fresh cilantro 3 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup Guajillo chile sauce (we made some and we used store bought - both were good) 1 tbsp lime juice We gave it a few pulses in the food processor and it provided us with fruity, moderately spicy, and very smoky salsa. Liked it far better than the recipe provided with the tacos.

I've lived in Mexico for extended periods, and this recipe is as close to real tacos I've found. I use it all the time. I did follow other suggestions and left the pineapple out of the marinade. I also usually double the marinade and reserve half as a salsa as well as cooking down/sanitizing the leftovers of the marinade. I make a tableful of salsas, and this one is always gone. Delicious!

I would give it an even higher rating if I could! My husband and BFF were blown away with the dish! We're lucky to have a Mexican market nearby so it was very easy to find all the ingredients. My husband mentioned several times that my rendition was superior to those he had had in restaurants. I ground the chilis in a spice grinder and then gave everything a good blend in my Ninja. Question though - what is a "large onion" or "small chipotle". Extract measurement would really help - it makes it so much easier to reproduce. I made it "Tex-Med" by serving it with middle eastern "Green Sauce" (greek yougurt with cilantro, jalapeno, and lime) and home-made hummus! Then added salsa, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Excellent!

I first had Tacos al Pastor at Big Star in Chicago. The impression I had was wonderful, and I've been looking for a way to replicate this. I had to modify the recipe because my family prepared it in the winter. Instead of cooking in a smoker, we cooked a cut of pork in a Crockpot for several hours until the meat would shred with a fork. The blend we made was similar, and we put a portion of the pineapple marinade in the pot with the meat for the last hour of cooking to create a better sauce.

I followed the recipe more or less as written, using pork loin thinly sliced on the diagonal to get more meat surface per slice. I marinated overnight, and did see a bit of the mushiness problem others have noted. Next time, i think I'll try adding a bit of acid (lime juice or vinegar) and sugar rather than pineapple in the marinade and use a pork butt. marinate for 24 hours, then slow braise or smoke and mix in the grilled pineapple at the end. The salsa recipe linked to in the recipe is excellent, although the dried chiles only need to be softened in hot water for about 20 minutes before blending.

LOVE IT AND AS WELL ALL MY CUSTOMER AT RUFF NEK TAKOS IN SAN ANGELO TX.. THANKS I USE IT ALL THE TIME.. AS WELL I USE IT ON BEEF IT IS REALLY GOOD YALL SHOULD TRY IT WITH THE BEEF

I suppose shepherds eat pork too, but generally Al Pastor would refer to something made from sheep or goats.

After trying this recipe and many other like it in the past couple years, I decided to try something different. Taking a clue from America's Test Kitchen St. Louis BBQ pork steak recipe http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/recipes/st-louis-bbq-pork-steaks-from-america-s-test-kitchen/article_b669c5ba-ec3e-5a38-8fdf-6c2195ccad8c.html. I didn't marinade at all, but rather I simply salt and peppered a couple pork steaks, grilled until browned and then slipped them into a pan with the Al Pastor marinade, covered with aluminum foil, and set on a cool side of the grill to braise for 1.5 hours. This was definitely my most successful Al Pastor recipe yet.

I don't think much is gained by grilling pineapple. I made this with the little plastic cups of pineapple and it worked out well. I suppose Iɽ use fresh pineapple for a party - just for presentation.

Why "kosher salt". This is one of the dumbest thing to mention. I guess, "kosher" is the authentic ingredient whenn cooking a mexican dish, especially one including pork. Duh!

I love the marinade, but I have a simple twist on this recipe that I think takes it to the next level. My wife and I made this using a pork butt roast, I think around 2-3 pounds, instead of pork loin. Rather than grilling it, we prepared the meat by pan searing the roast on all sides and then tossing in a crock pot on high heat for a little over 2 hours on high heat. These were hands down the best tacos, if not best home cooked meal I've ever had. Going to make these for the mother in law next weekend!

This recipe was a big hit with company last night, but there are a few things to note: The yield is much more than stated - it would easily serve 12. My butcher sliced the pork loin on the slicer, giving me a much more uniform thickness than if I had sliced with a knife. If you don't have access to a butcher, look for thin-sliced boneless chops. After the pork went on the grill, I put the left-behind marinade on the stove to simmer and sanitize, then when the pork and pineapple were chopped, I tossed them all in the hot sauce over heat for a few more minutes. Since I had omitted the pineapple from the marinade (following other reviews), this gave the pineapple and pork an opportunity to mingle.

you can still use the pineapple (and I would recommend it) by cooking the marinade for 5 min or so at boiling. This destroys SOME, not all, of the enzymes that break down the pork. You will be happy that you did.

Very good recipe. I tweaked it so you can use pork loin chops for easier prep for a small group (we're just two). I also made my own version of chipotle salsa which was easier. I always have trouble finding exotic chiles in my neighborhood. Enjoy! http://www.neurotickitchen.com/2012/05/cinco-de-mayo-tacos-al-pastor-made-easy.html

Delicious! Took the advice of other reviewers and left the pineapple out of the marinade. During winter, we also make it on the stove top instead of the grill. Corn tortillas go best with the tacos, but we've also used flour tortillas (quartered) when we don't have corn on hand.

Delicious! Agree with other reviewers that it is better to drop the pineapple from the marinade. Instead I added a pinch of sugar to help replace the sweetness of the fruit. Also, good balance of acid with the sweet smokiness of chipotle is key, and since different brands can be more or less concentrated, taste / adjust the marinade! Final tip: if you're short on marinating time, slice the pork very thinly and marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. In the meantime, brown the pineapple in a pan and then saute the pork in the same pan. It's still yummy!

I made the recipe, switching out only the fresh pineapple with canned to avoid the mushiness that some of the reviews complained about. I marinated it overnight and had very little mushiness around the edges. The flavor was good the grilled pineapples definitely brought it up another notch.


Tacos al Pastor are a favorite in Mexico and Mexican restaurants throughout the world for good reason: The mixture of smoky, spicy chiles, sweet pineapples and fresh onions and cilantro is taco perfection.

Traditionally, Tacos al Pastor are made by marinating pork in chile sauce, layering the meat on a vertical rotisserie, adorning with a pineapple and roasting slowly for hours a process that’s almost impossible to replicate at home. So we’ve taken the delicious, authentic flavors that make these tacos so special, and adapted the recipe for your home kitchen, so you can enjoy whenever a craving strikes!


Tacos al Pastor

According to Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman, short of investing in a vertical broiler, this hack is the closest you&rsquoll get to al pastor tacos at home. We tend to think of pork shoulder as something that needs to be braised, but a well-butchered shoulder steak given a swift ride on a ripping hot grill can be a thing of beauty&mdashthe wide surface area means more of that good Maillard char you want from al pastor. Take your time when slicing the finished meat: thin, bias-cut slivers are the ideal texture here.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for the grill
  • 1 cup adobo
  • Four 1&frasl2-inch-thick boneless pork shoulder steaks (2 pounds total)
  • Kosher salt as needed
  • 12 corn or flour tortillas
  • 1&frasl4 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 24 even slices
  • 1&frasl2 medium white onion, minced
  • 60 cilantro leaves (from about 15 sprigs), roughly chopped
  • 2 limes, each cut into 6 wedges for serving for serving

Method

Make the filling: preheat a grill to the hottest possible setting and brush it with vegetable oil. Slather about 1 cup of the adobo all over the pork steaks and season liberally with salt. Place the pork steaks on the hot grill and cook for 3 minutes. Rotate the steaks 45 degrees and cook them for another 3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook the steaks for 3 minutes. The finished steaks should have visible charred grill marks. Remove the steaks from the grill, transfer them to a plate, and set aside to rest in a warm place.

While the pork is resting, make one batch of tortillas and hold them warm.

Cut the pork steaks against the grain and on the bias&mdashyou want the slices to be as thin as possible, almost shaved, to achieve the right tenderness and texture for al pastor.

Assemble the tacos: lay out the warm tortillas on serving plates. Evenly distribute the grilled pork and the pineapple slices among the tortillas. Top with some of the salsa roja and raw salsa verde, along with the minced onion and chopped cilantro. Squeeze a couple of the lime wedges over the tacos and serve the rest on the side.

Recipe reprinted from Tacos: Recipes and Provocations by Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman. Copyright ©2015 by Empellon Holdings LLC. Photos by Evan Sung. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Tacos Al Pastor

The process of making these tacos may seem a little daunting, but trust me when I say they are 100 percent worth it. And the pork for these tacos would normally be slowly cooked for hours so, this is even a little sped up version. Traditional tacos al pastor are made on a vertical rotisserie just like chicken shawarma. The method was used by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico and the tacos adapted to fit the culinary scene of Mexico with their spices and quickly became a popular street food. If you don't want to make your own achiote paste, you can always buy a premade paste to streamline the recipe. Serve it up with some queso and call it a fiesta.

Have you made these yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on April 23, 2021 to include more information about the dish.


It’s time to get cooking!

To get started, you will bring the guajillo chiles, chiles de árbol, and two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover, remove from heat and let it sit for 30 minutes to let the chiles soften.

While this is happening, you’ll have plenty else to do! Place the pork in a large bowl. Purée chiles and soaking liquid, garlic, vinegar, sugar, achiote paste, 3 oz. salt, half of the pineapple, and half of the onion in a blender until smooth, which will probably take about two minutes. Pour this delicious mixture over the pork, stirring to coat thoroughly. Cover and chill for anywhere from three to a full twelve hours.

If using a gas grill, prepare for medium-high heat. If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare for two zones of heat, medium-high and low. Grill the remaining pineapple over medium-high heat, turning once, until charred, which should take about six or eight minutes. Finely chop the pineapple and combine with habanero chiles, mint, lime juice, and remaining onion in a small bowl. Season with salt, cover it and put it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Now, reduce the grill heat to low. If you are using a charcoal grill, use the low-zone heat. Remove the pork from its marinade and grill until marinade on pork has dried and begins to caramelize and char. This will take about 12 minutes per side. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 10 minutes.

While the pork is resting, grill the tortillas until soft and beginning to char, which will only take about 30 seconds per side. Slice the pork against the grain into ¼” strips. Top each tortilla with a few pieces of pork and some pineapple salsa. You’re all done! The first bite will tell you it has all been worth it!


Al Pastor 101

Heat a skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and guajillo chilies to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant and garlic is lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine oil mixture, cumin, pineapple, pineapple juice, oregano, salt, vinegar, and achiote in a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Place sliced pork in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over pork. Seal bag and shake until evenly coated. Chill a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil a heavy cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, cook the pork in the skillet slightly charred and cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Serve in warm tortillas topped with onions, cilantro, and fresh pineapple.

Have your taco Tuesdays become a little &hellip predictable? Have you been using the same seasoned ground beef taco recipe for the last, oh, 523 Tuesdays? If so, I suggest changing things up with some Tacos al Pastor. This sweet, spicy, and smoky pork taco is everything.

What is al pastor?

Al pastor is a delicious preparation of pork developed in central Mexico. True al pastor is made with pork that is first marinated in dried chiles, spices, achiote, and pineapple, then grilled on a vertical spit.

It&rsquos typically served on tortillas with pineapple, onions, and cilantro. If tacos al pastor is on the menu, you better believe that&rsquos what I am ordering.

Why is it called al pastor?

As I mentioned earlier, al pastor is from central Mexico. But did you know that it can trace its roots all the way back to Lebanon? In the early 1900s, many Lebanese immigrated to Mexico and brought with them a rich food culture. One of the traditions they brought with them was the method of roasting meat on a vertical spit.

Over time, Mexican shepherds adopted this technique and began preparing strips of marinated pork on vertical spits. This preparation was eventually called &ldquoal pastor,&rdquo which means &ldquoshepherd style.&rdquo

What cut of meat is best for al pastor?

The most traditional cut of pork to use for al pastor is thinly sliced pork shoulder. The fact that it happens to be my favorite cut of pork only further explains why I love al pastor so much. You can also use pork sirloin or pork loin, but be careful as these two cuts are much leaner than pork shoulder and can easily dry out.

Full disclaimer: I did not make this recipe on a vertical spit, because let&rsquos be honest, how many of us have a vertical spit laying around. So I&rsquom not going to claim that this recipe is authentic. But it&rsquos pretty darn close and it&rsquos assuredly delicious.


What is in tacos al pastor?

Al Pastor and Tacos Al Pastor are almost interchangeable terms. Tacos Al Pastor traditionally begin with a corn tortilla and are piled with charred, thin shavings of marinated, roasted pork, pineapple, pico de gallo, cilantro and lime juice. Other optional toppings include salsa verde, salsa, sour cream, avocados or guacamole. I also am a huge fan of a drizzle of Cilantro Lime Dressing – not authentic but incredible.



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