These tacos are sure to impress your family and friends. A good Taco al Pastor is very hard to come by in the States. Now you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home anytime!

Nikkivazquez
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak pasilla chiles and guajillo chiles in a bowl with hot water until chiles are softened, about 10 minutes; drain. Mash chiles, garlic, achiote powder, cumin, and cloves in a saucepan with a fork.

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  • Pour vinegar into sauce pan and bring to a boil; cook and stir until mixture becomes a thick paste. Season with salt. Rub chile paste over sliced pork, stacking meat on a plate. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours to overnight.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir marinated pork and pineapple until pork is browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Divide pork over stacks of two corn tortillas and serve with onion, cilantro, and lime wedges.

Editor's Note:

You can also make this on the grill. Use pineapple rings or fresh pineapple wedges and chop after grilling. Allow pork to rest 10 minutes after cooking, then thinly slice for tacos.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 114 mg sodium. 54.1 g carbohydrates; 24.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2018
After comparing a friends recipe to this one I decided to make a couple of changes. I replaced half of the vinegar with orange juice and due to personal preference only used 2 cloves. I also felt grilling was a must both for the meat and for the pineapple. This turned out really good. The meat was super tender and tasted just like authentic tacos al pastor. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/08/2019
I wish I would've followed some of the recommendations in the reviews. I just followed the recipe as is and it turned out okay. I didn't have time to marinate the meat either so I just made the sauce then cooked it up. I'm sure that affected a fair bit but I wasn't too impressed. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2018
After comparing a friends recipe to this one I decided to make a couple of changes. I replaced half of the vinegar with orange juice and due to personal preference only used 2 cloves. I also felt grilling was a must both for the meat and for the pineapple. This turned out really good. The meat was super tender and tasted just like authentic tacos al pastor. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2018
After comparing a friends recipe to this one I decided to make a couple of changes. I replaced half of the vinegar with orange juice and due to personal preference only used 2 cloves. I also felt grilling was a must both for the meat and for the pineapple. This turned out really good. The meat was super tender and tasted just like authentic tacos al pastor. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2015
This was really delicious. The chili paste is amazing. Don't skip the pineapple! It really sets off this dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2016
I made this for 1 person (myself) so I made the following adjustments: 4 thin-sliced pork chops (not as good as pork butt) cut into thin strips 6 oz can pineapple rings juice reserved cut pineapple into " dice put pork and pineapple into ziploc bag. for marinade: 1 4 oz can Herdez Salsa Ranchera in place of the chiles eliminate achiote and cloves juice of 1 lime 1 shallot minced 1/3 C cider vinegar reserved pineapple juice. combine marinade ingredients in a pan stir and bring to a simmer; let simmer 5 minutes to cook off raw tastes; marinade should be thickened but not a paste cool marinade then pour over pork and pineapple in the ziploc bag. Marinate pork and pineapple for at least 1 hour put 1T veg oil in a cold skillet then heat over medium burner until oil starts to shimmer remove pork and pineapple from marinade but don't remove any marinade sticking to it and put in hot skillet stir until pork is browned serve as per recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2019
I wish I would've followed some of the recommendations in the reviews. I just followed the recipe as is and it turned out okay. I didn't have time to marinate the meat either so I just made the sauce then cooked it up. I'm sure that affected a fair bit but I wasn't too impressed. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2017
I didn't have achiote powder or pineapple. I substituted turmeric for achiote which I read was acceptable and just omitted the pineapple entirely. I should have cut/torn the dried peppers smaller. they didn't completely cook down into a paste and I picked chunks out. it was still tasty and I'm looking forward to making it again with corrections. Read More
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