Wash the tomatoes, peel the orange and cut them in halves. Cut the pineapple in small cubes. Remove the skin from the onion, then dice the peeled onion.
Rinse your cutting board and cut the pork into cubes.
Combine Al Pastor Spice Mix, orange, tomato, vinegar and 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water in a blender. Mix until a creamy marinade is produced. Add marinade to the pork cubes. If you have time, refrigerate for about 30 mins for a better flavor experience.
Heat up 3 Tbsp of oil in a pan. Add marinated pork and 90% of the diced onion. Cook for about 15 mins at medium to high heat. Stir every other minute to make sure the meat cooks evenly on all sides. The pork is ready when it starts to become golden brown and slightly crispy.
Heat up 2 Tbsp of oil in a separate pan. Add pineapple cubes and cook them at medium heat for 5 mins until edges turn light brown. Set aside.
Place corn tortillas on a flat pan. Heat them up at low heat for 2 minutes on each side, so they get equally soft but not crispy.
Serve meat, then pineapple on warm tortillas. Garnish with cilantro and sprinkle lots of fresh lime juice on top.
Tacos Al Pastor Recipe… yummy! A corn tortilla topped with small sizes of grilled pork meat marinated in spices, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, fresh cut cilantro, green salsa and lime juice. Spicy, tangy and sweet at the same time.
We absolutely love these tacos. In fact, we love them so much that we cook them almost once a week. We both still remember our first encounter with this dish. In my first encounter, I think I ate at least 10 of them.
We have been trying to learn more about the origins of Tacos Al Pastor. In summary, it’s complicated. The most accepted theory is that when Lebanese merchants immigrated to Mexico City in the 1900’s, they introduced the shawarma. Eventually, locals adapted the dish for local palates.
The authentic recipe requires to marinate the pork meat for at least 24 hours and then grill it in a vertical rotisserie. The grilling style resembles that of a Turkish Döner Kebap or Greek Gyro.
We made our recipe so that you can cook them at home in less than 30 mins. You don’t need to marinate for 24 hours and you won’t be needing a vertical rotisserie but we can assure you, they will taste awesome.