Tacos al pastor recipe: a classic in Mexican cuisine (with video included)

Tacos al pastor are a classic in Mexican cuisine. Small corn tortillas, lightly toasted, filled with a mixture of spicy pork with vegetables and pineapple. In its original version, the meat is roasted on a vertical grill, stacked in the shape of a top, which rotates on its own axis (as is done with kebab meat). We do not have a vertical grill, so we have resorted to roasting it in the traditional oven, although another resource is to use the griddle.

Of course, these tacos al pastor are not made according to tradition, but that does not mean that they are great. We have enjoyed them very much. The flavor that the marinade brings to the meat is magnificent and is enhanced the more time you spend in it. If you are not in a hurry, try to marinate the meat for more hours. The final result will thank you.


For 12 units
  • Pork needle 500 g
  • Pineapple juice 50 ml
  • Ground cayenne or hot paprika, 2 teaspoons
  • Achiote paste 3 teaspoons
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • White wine vinegar 35 ml
  • White onion 0.5
  • Natural pineapple 0.5
  • Lime 1
  • Fresh coriander
  • Corn tortillas 12

How to make tacos al pastor

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 30 m
  • Elaboration 15 m
  • Cooking 15 m
  • Repose 2 h

We cut the pork into pieces of about 2 cm. In a deep bowl we mix the ground cayenne, the achiote paste, the garlic powder, the oregano, the cumin, the vinegar, the pineapple juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the meat and stir well so that it is impregnated with the marinade. Marinade, in the fridge, for a couple of hours.

We preheat the oven to 180º C so that it takes temperature while we assemble a skewers. We cut the pineapple into cubes of a size similar to the pieces of meat. We string pineapple and pork, alternating both, on various wooden skewers. Place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the meat is golden brown.

When the meat is ready, we take it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Meanwhile cut the onion into small pieces and heat the tortillas in a frying pan. We remove the skewers and cut the meat and pineapple into small pieces. We serve on the tortillas, with a few pieces of onion, a little fresh coriander and some lime wedges.

With what to accompany the tacos al pastor

Tacos al pastor are an informal snack that is enjoyed with the hands. Great for a snack lunch or dinner, accompanied by guacamole with nachos, seasoned tomatoes and, of course, some very fresh Mexican beers.

Tags:  Meats And Birds Vegetables And Legumes Fish 

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