Season 7 Recipes: Mexico City Live/

Grilled Pork Tacos, Pastor Style

Tacos al Pastor
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Votes: 10
Rating: 3.7
Recipe from Season 7, Mexico—One Plate at a Time
Servings: 20tacos, enough to serve 4 to 5 as a main course
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Ingredients

  • A 3 1/2ounce packageachiote paste
  • 3canned chipotle chile en adobo, plus 4 tablespoons of the canning sauce
  • 1/4cup vegetable or olive oil, plus a little more for the onion and pineapple
  • 1 1/2pounds thin-sliced pork shoulder (1/4-inch-thick slices are ideal—the kind Mexican butchers sell for making tacos al pastor)
  • 1medium red onion, sliced 1/4- inch thick
  • Salt
  • 1/4of a medium pineapple, sliced 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 20 warm corn tortillas
  • About 1 1/2cups raw tomatillo salsa

Instructions

In a blender, combine the achiote paste, chiles, canning sauce, oil and 3/4 cup water. Blend until smooth. Use 1/3 of the marinade to smear over both sides of each piece of meat (refrigerate the rest of the marinade to use on other meat or fish). Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Light a charcoal fire and let the coals burn until covered with gray ash but still very hot; bank the coals to one side and set the grill grate in place. Or, heat one side of a gas grill to high. Brush both sides of the onions slices with oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay in a single layer on the hot side of the grill. When richly browned, usually just about a minute, flip and brown the other side; move to the cool side of the grill to finish softening to grilled-onion sweetness. Oil and grill the pineapple in the same way. Finally, in batches, grill the meat: it’ll take about a minute per side as well. As the meat is done, transfer it to a cutting board and chop it up (between 1/4- and 1/2-inch pieces). Scoop into a skillet and set over the grill to keep the meat warm. Chop the onion and pineapple into small pieces as well, add them to the skillet and toss everything together. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon. Serve with the tortillas and salsa for your guests to make soft tacos.

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Comments

  1. This looks like a fine recipe (of course, there are many variations of this dish). But I think you missed sprinkling the tacos with finely chopped raw onion and cilantro, also adding a slice that roasted pineapple on top is a must. As is squeezing some lime juice at the very end, with the salsa. Source – A mexican living in Mexico City ;)

  2. Dear Mexican Living in Mexico City,

    I am going to Mexico City soon and was wondering where your favorite tacos Al Pastor place might be? When I was young, there was one on one of the back streets to the north of the large glorieta of the Angel of Independencia on Paseo Reforma that would open in the evenings that we would go to. They were so good. But that was 35 years ago. They probably aren’t still there.

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