Tacos al Pastor: Savory Mexican Street Food at Its Best

Tacos al Pastor
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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with Tacos al Pastor, a quintessential Mexican street food favorite. Succulent marinated pork is slow-cooked on a spit, then thinly sliced and served in soft corn tortillas. Topped with pineapple, onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime, these tacos offer a perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors.

Tacos al Pastor: Savory Mexican Street Food at Its Best

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North America
Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Calories: Approximately 200 to 300 calories per taco Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a bowl, combine the guajillo chilies, ancho chilies, garlic, pineapple juice, white vinegar, achiote paste, dried oregano, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, ground cinnamon, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to form a marinade.

  2. Place the thinly sliced pork shoulder in a large resealable bag and pour the marinade over it. Seal the bag and massage the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to develop.

  3. Preheat your grill or broiler to medium-high heat. Remove the marinated pork from the bag and thread it onto skewers, folding the slices accordion-style.

  4. Grill the skewers for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until the pork is cooked through and slightly charred. Alternatively, you can broil the skewers in the oven, turning them halfway through cooking.

  5. Once cooked, transfer the pork to a cutting board and let it rest for a few minutes. Then, thinly slice the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  6. Warm the corn tortillas on a hot griddle or in the microwave.

  7. To assemble the tacos, place a few slices of the grilled pork on each tortilla. Top with chopped onion, fresh cilantro, pineapple chunks, and sliced radishes. Squeeze some lime juice over the filling.

  8. Serve the Tacos al Pastor immediately with additional lime wedges on the side.

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