Authentic Tacos al Pastor


Authentic Tacos al Pastor


  • 1 tomato
  • 3 dried guajillo chile peppers, seeded
  • 2 dried ancho chile peppers, seeded
  • 1 pineapple, sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbs salt, or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 lbs boneless pork loin, thinly sliced


To Serve:

  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro 


1.     Cook tomato on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until slightly blackened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until easily handled. Peel off skin and remove seeds.


  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add guajillo and ancho chile peppers; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Combine tomato flesh, softened chile peppers, 2 slices pineapple, orange juice, quartered onion, vinegar, chipotle peppers, salt, garlic, cloves, cumin seeds, and oregano in a blender; blend until smooth.
  3. Arrange pork slices in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour blended mixture over pork, ensuring all sides are evenly coated. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap.
  4. Marinate pork in the refrigerator, 4 hours to overnight.
  5. Cook remaining pineapple slices on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until slightly blackened and soft, about 5 minutes per side. Chop into small pieces.
  6. Wipe out grill pan and preheat over medium-high heat. Cook marinated pork in the hot pan, turning once, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Chop pork coarsely into small pieces against the grain. Serve with pineapple, chopped onion, and cilantro.

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