Tacos al Pastor With Pineapple & Cilantro


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Who doesn’t like Mexican meals? Severely, is there anybody on the market who doesn’t? Anyway, I do know my household positive does. These beef and rice bowls are one in all our busy weeknight favorites. And the children are all the time excited a few guacamole snack. And if we are able to have taco-truck-delicious tacos at house, then it’s a particular win.

Tacos al pastor are an incredible mixture of tangy, salty, candy, and spicy. I marinate pork in a candy and spicy marinade, prepare dinner it, and shred it to place in tacos. My children give it two thumbs up and say it is best to give it a strive.

What Are Tacos Al Pastor?

Translated, tacos al pastor are shepherd tacos. Possibly Irish shepherds eat shepherd’s pie and Mexican shepherds eat shepherd’s tacos?

Severely although, conventional tacos al pastor don’t resemble shepherd’s pie in any respect. The meat is extra like a Mexican model of Lebanese shawarma or Greek gyros. Toss the meat in a tortilla with another toppings and you’ve got tacos al pastor.

To make it, marinate pork in a pineapple and adobo pepper marinade for not less than an hour. Then select a cooking methodology. The pork for conventional tacos al pastor is roasted on a spit.

Spit-Roasting Substitutes

I don’t have a spit that I roast meat on. Most house cooks don’t. However there are different methods to get a equally scrumptious taste at house. These are the three strategies I’ve used:

  • Smoker/pellet grill: My favourite methodology. It takes rather a lot longer than some other methodology however is the closest to spit roasting and tastes wonderful.
  • Prompt Pot: The Prompt Pot is a superb instrument for hands-off cooking and cooking massive cuts of meat shortly. In the event you select this methodology, broil the shredded pork for a couple of minutes to attain the crunchy roasted texture you’d get from spit roasting.
  • Stovetop: This methodology is the quickest as a result of you may be slicing the marinated pork and pan-frying it.

Assembling Your Tacos

One in every of my household’s favourite issues about tacos is that everybody can prime their very own nonetheless they like. I put out completely different topping choices relying on what I’ve readily available and what’s in season. Our fish tacos and fish taco salad are completely different each time we have now them.

Often, tacos al pastor are served with extra contemporary or grilled pineapple, diced purple onion, cilantro, and avocado. We additionally actually like this taco slaw.

We don’t normally eat a number of grains, so typically when we have now tacos we serve them in lettuce leaves. I maintain excited about making my own tortillas although.


Mexican Type Al Pastor Tacos Recipe

Tacos al Pastor are a mix of candy, spicy, tangy, and savory. Prime with pineapple, onion, and cilantro for a attention-grabbing meal.

Complete Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 5-6 lbs boneless pork shoulder (or boston butt)
  • 1 pineapple (cored and chopped, divided)
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 TBSP vinegar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP taco seasoning

For serving:

  • tortillas
  • purple onion (diced)
  • cilantro (chopped)
  • avocado (sliced)


To make the marinade:

  • In a blender, puree 1 cup of the chopped pineapple and all of the remaining substances.

  • Pour the marinade over the pork and marinate within the fridge for not less than an hour or as much as 8 hours, turning each few hours.

Prompt Pot: (simplest way)

  • Add the pork and marinade to the Prompt Pot.

  • Cowl and set to seal.

  • Prepare dinner at excessive strain for 45 minutes and let the strain launch naturally.

  • Use two forks to shred the pork and place it on a big baking sheet.

  • Finely chop one other cup of the pineapple and add it to the pork.

  • Place the baking sheet beneath the broiler of the oven for 5-7 minutes, till browned and pineapple is beginning to carmelize.

  • Take away and serve.

Pellet Grill: (tastiest methodology)

  • Preheat a pellet grill or smoker to 250°F.

  • Place the pork straight on the rack.

  • Prepare dinner for five hours to an inside temp of 160°F.

  • Take away and place on a big piece of foil.

  • Brush with additional maple syrup and add 1 cup of contemporary pineapple, finely chopped.

  • Wrap the pork tightly within the foil and return it to the grill.

  • Prepare dinner one other 3-4 hours at 275°F till the inner temperature reaches 200°F.

  • Take away and let relaxation for half an hour.

  • If desired, grill contemporary slices of pineapple straight on the grill till caramelized and serve on prime of the pork.

Stovetop: (quickest methodology)

  • Lower the pork into skinny (½ inch or much less) slices.

  • Warmth a big skillet or grill pan to excessive warmth.

  • Working in batches, sear each bit for 3-4 minutes per aspect till charred and cooked via.

  • Take away and put aside.

  • Sear a further 1 cup of pineapple in the identical skillet till caramelized and set on prime of the pork.

  • Let each relaxation for five minutes after which chop roughly.

To serve:

  • Serve in tacos.

  • Prime with additional contemporary pineapple, purple onion, cilantro, avocado, and different toppings of alternative.


You possibly can sub hen thighs for the pork for those who’d like, however alter the cooking time accordingly.


Energy: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 65g | Fats: 10g | Saturated Fats: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 4g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 717mg | Potassium: 1345mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 67mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg