Tacos Al Pastor featuring marinated pork shoulder roasted in the oven with fresh pineapple and chilis in your kitchen to juicy perfection. Served with onions, cilantro and hot sauce. Make this recipe for an authentic Mexican dinner!
We are huge fan of Tacos and Mexican food so naturally we had to make our own version of tacos Al Pastor. The traditional method for making Al pastor is spit-grilling for hours or days. We just don’t have that kind of time. For this version of Al Pastor we sliced our pork shoulder, marinated it over night and then stacked the pork over some pineapple and roasted it in the oven for just over 2 hours. You can also use the grill.
We of course also made our own chili blend. Amazon has an amazing selection of Mexican chili’s since most of these are not easily accessible and you can also find achiote pasta on Amazon which gives the pork its vibrant red colour. For our chili blend we boiled in hot water some guajillo chilies, ancho chilies and chili de arbol. We boiled these for 15 mins then added them directly into the blender with the rest of the marinade ingredients. When working with chili’s make sure to wear cloves or use tongs to avoid touching the chili’s directly.
No need to make your own chili blend, you can opt to use chili powder here.
If you are not familiar with al pastor tacos, they are pork tacos. The pork is marinated with spices, pineapple juice and vinegar and then grilled. The combination of smoky, tangy, chile pork, with grilled pineapple is so crave worthy our mouth starts to water just thinking about these tacos and the flavors.
We were up for a challenge to create a traditional al pastor tasting recipe that was homemade and we can honestly say this recipe comes pretty close to competing against your favorite authentic Mexican taco joint.
To serve the tacos we added some chopped onions and cilantro, fresh made guacamole and then finished them off with some habanero hot sauces. We used two different kinds of hot sauces, a red habanero and a pineapple habanero to compliment the flavors of Al pastor and bring out the pineapple notes used in the marinade.
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