Tacos Al Pastor is actually a unique fusion of Mexican and Lebanese cuisines, and are essentially shawarma tacos. The pork is juicy and marinated in a bright and spicy sauce that must be tasted to be believed. Served alongside caramelized and charred pineapples, Tacos Al Pastor is a refreshing and hearty dish that will make you fall in love with tacos all over again!
IngredientsFor the filling: • 1 (2-3 pound) pork butt or loin, boneless • 1 large pineapple, peeled and cored, divided • 1 white onion, roughly chopped • 1/2 cup orange juice • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano For serving: • 12 small corn or flour tortillas • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped • 1 small red onion, diced • 2 large limes, wedged
Slice the pork into thin slices.
Place the pork slices into a large mixing bowl.
Cut the cored pineapple into large wide spears about 2-inches wide.
Dice about 1 cup of the pineapple, setting the remaining aside as spears.
Using a blender, blend together the onion, the diced pineapple, the orange juice, the white vinegar, the chipotle, the chile powder, the garlic, the salt, and the oregano, pureeing until you’ve achieved a smooth texture.
Pour the mixture over the pork slices, ensuring everything is covered.
Place the pork in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
Sear each pork slice until fully cooked, about 2-4 minutes per slice.
Lightly sear the pineapple spears until barely charred, about 2 minutes.
Chop the cooked pork and dice the charred pineapple.
Serve in tortillas topped with fresh cilantro, red onion, and lime.