How To Make Tacos Al Pastor

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Jan. 07, 2016

How to make tacos al pastor on a grill. Pork marinated in pineapple juice and spices, then cooked on a grill or in a crockpot.


Pork roast 3 Pound
Guajillo chiles 3
Ancho chile 1
Pineapple juice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Vinegar 1 Tablespoon (apple cider or red wine)
Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
Oregano 1 Teaspoon
Black pepper 1 Teaspoon
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Garlic 5 Clove (25 gm)
Achiote powder 1/2 Teaspoon (annatto)
For serving:
Corn tortillas 10
Garnishes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (each



1.Rehydrate the peppers by soaking in very hot water for 20 minutes. Discard stems and seeds. Put the peppers in a blender with everything but the pork. Whizz it until its smooth.

2.Pour over your pork roast and cook it one of three ways:

3.Grill: slice the meat thinly, marinate up to 4 hours and grill it with fresh pineapple spears over a hot fire.

4.Crock pot: put the whole roast and marinade in there and cook on low for 8 hours until its falling apart. Add some pineapple chunks in the last hour.

5.Bake: marinate whole roast up to 24 hours and roast at 350 degrees F, covered, until tender (2-4 hours depending on size). Shred it, add pineapple chunks and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes to crispy it up.


6.Serve and enjoy.


1.Remember that pineapple is a natural meat tenderizer. Fresh juice has much more of the active enzymes and can over-tenderize meat if left too long. A whole big roast will be fine marinating overnight, but small pieces of meat will disintegrate in that time. Four hours is enough. Using canned or jarred (pasteurized) juice, you neednt worry about over- marinating.

2.These are wonderful served with refried beans and salsa verde!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 10

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 459Calories from Fat 224

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 25 g38.5%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 337 mg14.04%

Total Carbohydrates 33 g11%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 4 g

Protein 28 g56%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet