This Spicy Tacos Al Pastor recipe is perfect for serving a crowd. You can bake it in an oven or on the grill. It’s impressive to look at and even more delicious to eat.
John and I love to make our Sunday dinners together. He is my grill guy and I’m usually his sous chef responsible for a side dish or salad. When he ran across a recipe for Tacos Al Pastor, we knew we had to give it a try.
I’ve never heard of anyone that doesn’t like Mexican food. We all have our favorite style and John and I tend to enjoy the authentic recipes versus “Tex-Mex”. Especially if we can eat it in Mexico! We’ve been to different areas and love the culture and its people.
I don’t know how authentic this Spicy Tacos Al Pastor recipe is but it sure is delicious. The meat is marinated and so tender and flavorful. John chose to put it on the grill by setting it in a cast iron dutch oven. The meat was so lean that we didn’t get a lot of dripping. A skillet would have worked well too. I just loved the char that some of the meat got. John sliced it thin and we served it on corn tortillas topped with the simplest of toppings.
We love celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Actually, it’s just an excuse to enjoy Mexican food and maybe a Margarita or two with our friends. I can’t wait to serve this one. The pictures may look impressive or a little intimidating like it was to me, but it’s a very simple recipe to make. I know my friends are going to love it!
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The Ultimate Spicy Tacos Al Pastor Recipe
- 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder cut into just under 1/2 inch (3/8) slices
- 3 tbsp achiote paste
- 2 tbsp guajillo chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1 pineapple
- Fresh cilantro chopped
- Green onion diced
- Cotija cheese crumbled
- Tomatoes seeded and diced
- Corn tortillas
- 1 thick wooden skewer or wooden dowel soaked in water 20 minutes.
- In a large glass bowl combine achiote paste with vinegar and stir until no large lumps exist. Stir in Guaillo powder, garlic powder, Mexican oregano, cumin, salt and pepper and pineapple juice. Add meat, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Skin the pineapple and slice into 1-inch rounds. Thread one pineapple round onto the wooden skewer and if baking in the oven, set it on a rimmed baking sheet covered with foil. You can also set it in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven and place it on the grill as we did. Layer slices of pork onto the skewer until 1 inch remains at the top. Place another slice of pineapple over the top.
- Preheat oven to 350°F oven for approximately 90 minutes or until the outside is slightly charred on the outside. Briefly grill remaining pineapple slices or bake for 15 minutes until they begin to brown.
- Remove the meat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Slice meat thinly. Assemble tacos and serve immediately.