Al Pastor Tacos

If you love tacos, then this recipe is for you. Packed full of flavor and the smokiness you get from the charcoal is just next level. 

Length of time from start to finish: 4 hours 
Difficulty:  Easy 
  • 5 lb boneless pork shoulder 
  • 1 pineapple 
  • 1.5 tbsp guajillo chiles 
  • 2Tbsp ancho Chile 
  • 1 tbsp cumin 
  • 1 tbsp black pepper 
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp oregano 
  • 5 garlic cloves 
  • 1 small sweet onion 
  • 1 cup pineapple juice 
  • 1 cup orange juice (sub white vinegar)
  • 2 tbsp achiote paste 
Guacamole Salsa:
  • 3 avocados (seeds removed)
  • Juice of 5 lemons 
  • 5 tomatillos (husk removed)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro 
  • 1/4 sweet onion 
  • 2 jalapeño peppers 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Cilantro 
  • Onion 

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Start off by making the marinade. In a blender, add all the ingredients for the marinade and blend until smooth.

-Next, slice the pork shoulder to 1/4 inch thick slices. Add the pork to a pan and coat it really well with the marinade.

-Then, place in refrigerator for 2 hours to marinade. While it’s marinating make the salsa.

-In a blender, add all the ingredients for the salsa and blend until smooth. After 2 hours take out the pork and preheat your grill or smoker to 350 degrees.

-Place the pork stacked on some long skewers. First, place a pineapple then the pork comes next. I used the trompo king. Place on the grill for 1.5 hours. Remove the pork and start to slice the crispy parts for tacos.

-Place back on the grill and continue the process until all the pork is cooked all the way through. Garnish with cilantro, onion and top off with that salsa. 

This makes a lot of tacos. For the guajillo powder, sub 5 dried guajillos, for the ancho powder sub 2 ancho chiles. Place them in hot water until smooth, then blend with all ingredients, do remove the seeds first.
Did you enjoy these Al Pastor tacos? You’ll love my other pork recipes in the link below!

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