Tacos Al Pastor

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?

6 thoughts on “Tacos Al Pastor

  1. Hi Chris
    First of all congratulations on your blog. I think is awesome!, I enjoy reading all your very interesting posts and looking at the great pictures.
    I’m impressed, wow, you got the real thing, and from scratch !, the cilantro, the chile seco and warm fresh tortillas,pineapple on top. you even have a tortillera, you are cool!
    The only thing you missed is avocado salsa. or chipotle salsa. Salsa does not really need to be hot (I don’t like hot stuff), one or 2 chiles serranos add flavor without burning your lips.
    If you want the recipe I can email it to you.
    I’m mexican and I have one of those tortilleras that I haven’t used in a while, after seeing those wonderful pics for sure I will get to work , lol
    You mention Puebla on the post, have you ever been there? You should try the mole with almonds from Puebla, is delicious.

    Buen Provecho Amigo


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