If we’ve ever talked in person, I’ve probably told you about my love of street meat. Sure it might look sketchy, especially when you are deep off the tourist path, but it’s probably going to be one of the tastiest things you’ll eat. So, if you take my love of street meat, and combine it with a love of all things Latin, you’ll understand my desire for good tacos. I’m definitely not talking about those Tex-Mex ground beef tacos from the Old El Paso commercial.
I don’t even remember where I got my first taste of tacos al pastor, but I think it’s fair enough to say I’ve been hooked ever since. Besides the fact that there is no gringo style condiments (no neon cheese, sour cream etc..) and the ingredients are minimal (meat, onion, cilantro, pineapple), it is one of the best tasting tacos around! Of course, I’m a long way from Puebla which means I have to be creative some days.
The good thing is that with the availability of ingredients these days, you can start replicating your favourite foods from ‘that vacation’ or ‘when you lived there’. Right from the get go, I knew this wasn’t going to be spot on. Without a trompo (think donair spit), I was left to cook my pork in the oven. Re-hydrating guajillo and ancho chilies, and then blending them with, pineapple, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, jalapenos, salt and touch of vinegar made the marinade. I cut a few slices in the pork shoulder, for more pineapple to sit during the cooking. 30 minutes at 450, before I lowered it to 300 and let the oven take over for 4 hours.
I half chopped, half shredded the pork and put it on a hot pan while I worked out making tortillas. So easy to make, it’s a wonder you would even buy store brand. With everything warm, I diced a white onion, along with more pineapple and fresh cilantro. Double or single wrap, these were darn tasty. I think I could use a bit more citrus in the marinade, but then again, it depends on how juicy the pineapple is. Now that I’ve satisfied the craving that I’ve been stuck with for some time, I need to work on a lengua version. Taco party anyone?