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Authentic Tacos al Pastor

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Tacos al pastor is a quintessential Mexican dish, with tender pork and pineapple marinated in a savory and aromatic chile sauce. Serve with warm corn tortillas, tomatillos salsa, and lemon or lime wedges."
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5 h 19 m servings 204
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Cook tomato on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until slightly blackened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until easily handled. Peel off skin and remove seeds.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add guajillo and ancho chile peppers; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine tomato flesh, softened chile peppers, 2 slices pineapple, orange juice, quartered onion, vinegar, chipotle peppers, salt, garlic, cloves, cumin seeds, and oregano in a blender; blend until smooth.
  4. Arrange pork slices in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour blended mixture over pork, ensuring all sides are evenly coated. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap.
  5. Marinate pork in the refrigerator, 4 hours to overnight.
  6. Cook remaining pineapple slices on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until slightly blackened and soft, about 5 minutes per side. Chop into small pieces.
  7. Wipe out grill pan and preheat over medium-high heat. Cook marinated pork in the hot pan, turning once, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
  8. Chop pork coarsely into small pieces against the grain. Serve with pineapple, chopped onion, and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 204 calories; 5.6 23 16.9 43 748 Full nutrition

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We thought this was very tasty but slicing the loin thin and grilling led it to dry out. It also made a mess of my grill. I had the meat on about 60 seconds each side and the loin sliced about 1...