Sizzle and Spice: The Ultimate Tacos al Pastor Recipe

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Pork on a Spit: The Delicious Tacos al Pastor Recipe

Tacos al pastor is a traditional Mexican dish that is made with marinated pork cooked on a spit (similar to shawarma) and served on corn tortillas with toppings such as pineapple, cilantro, and onions.

The marinade for the pork typically includes a blend of chili peppers, spices, and pineapple juice, which gives the meat its unique flavor and tenderness.

This recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any party or gathering, and is easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients.

Here is a recipe for making tacos al pastor at home:


  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp achiote paste
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Toppings of your choice (pineapple, cilantro, onions, etc.)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the achiote paste, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, pineapple juice, vinegar, garlic, onion, and salt.
  2. Add the pork slices to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Cook the pork slices, turning occasionally, until they are browned and cooked through.
  4. Warm the tortillas in a skillet or on a griddle.
  5. Assemble the tacos by placing a few slices of pork on each tortilla, along with your desired toppings.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Note: Tacos Al pastor is traditionally made by marinating the pork in a mix of dried chilies, spices and pineapple, so you can use different chilies based on your preference.

Tips for making delicious al pastor tacos

Here are some tips for making delicious tacos al pastor:

  1. Marinate the pork overnight: The longer the pork marinates, the more flavorful it will be. Marinating overnight will allow the flavors of the marinade to fully penetrate the meat.
  2. Use good quality pork: Use pork shoulder or pork loin, which are well marbled, this will make the meat more tender and flavorful.
  3. Use fresh pineapple: Fresh pineapple will add a natural sweetness to the dish and help balance out the spices in the marinade.
  4. Cook the pork on a spit: If possible, try cooking the pork on a spit, like it is traditionally done. This allows the meat to cook evenly and absorb more of the marinade.
  5. Warm the tortillas: Before you assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas on a skillet or griddle. This will make them more pliable and prevent them from breaking.
  6. Add pineapple to the skillet: If you want to add more pineapple flavor, you can add some pineapple chunks to the skillet when you cook the pork.
  7. Top it off with cilantro, onions and salsa: These toppings will add a freshness and a nice acidity to balance the flavors.
  8. Use a good quality of chili powder in the marinade. This will add a lot of flavor to the dish.

Check out this tutorial on how to make delicious Tacos al Pastor at home

Souce: Joshua Weissman

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