- 1/2 Tbsp Orange juice
- 1/2 Tbsp Guajillo chile powder
- 1 chopped Onion
- 1 lb Pork loinsliced into ½" rounds
- 1 Avocadopeeled and pitted
- 1 cup Tomatillo Salsaor store-bought salsa verde
- 1 handful Cilantrochopped
- 2 Garlic cloveschopped
- 2 Tbsp Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 2 Tbsp White vinegar
- 2 thick slices Pineapple
- 8 Corn tortillas
- Pinch Cinnamon
- Black pepper
- wedges of Lime
Tacos al pastor is a consistent and delicious Mexican recipe that uses the juicy pineapples blooming throughout the rich lands of Mexico. While the traditional preparation method calls for cooking on a spit, the following recipe has been adapted for home cooking to be made on a stove. If you can do it on an outdoor grill, it would also be a solid option.
Very thin slices of pork are dipped in a sweet pineapple sauce and paired with chipotle chile peppers. Chipotles are smoked jalapenos that guarantee a certain amount of spice in there. This recipe is done at a medium heat level, leaning towards high.
Al pastor emerged with Lebanese immigrants in central Mexico who would start cooking shawarma by grilling meat on a spit. Local Mexicans liked and adapted this cooking method with the touch of their traditional flavors. When roasting on a spit, it is best to use a pork shoulder, although you can use other pork roast cuts. For leaner options, you can also use pork loin.
Tacos al Pastor
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Start by Combining the vinegar, onion, garlic, orange juice, chipotle pepper, cinnamon, and guajillo pepper in a blender and pulse until the mix is smooth.
Flavor the pork slices all over with a mix of salt and pepper, then place them in a sealable plastic bag with the sauce.
Refrigerate for one hour after sealing (you may refrigerate for up to 4 hours).
In a mixing bowl, mash the avocado into a soft puree, then stir in the salsa until you get a thick sauce. Reserve the result.
Preheat the grill pan at a high temperature. Get the pork pieces out of the marinade and grill for around 2 to 3 minutes per side until the outside is browned and feels firm to the touch. While the pork is cooking, put the slices of pineapple on a grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side until apparent grill marks develop on the surface.
Warm the tortillas in your microwave wrapped around a wet towel. Fill each with pork and pineapple and top with the cilantro and avocado mixture. Serve with lime wedges in a pleasing presentation and enjoy!