Mexican Tacos Al Pastor made with sweet, tangy and smokey marinated pork grilled to perfection and served with fresh pineapple. The best summer tacos!
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Tacos Al Pastor

Mexican Tacos Al Pastor made with sweet, tangy and smokey marinated pork grilled to perfection and served with fresh pineapple. The best summer tacos!
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 191kcal
Author: Isabel Eats

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 1 dried arbol chile, de-seeded and stems removed
  • 3 dried ancho chiles, de-seeded and stems removed
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 pineapple, cored and sliced into bite-sized pieces (1 cup reserved for marinade, the remaining for topping)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

For the tacos

  • 3 pounds boneless pork loin (or boneless pork shoulder), cut into long thin slices
  • cooking spray or cooking oil, for greasing grill
  • serve with: corn tortillas, diced pineapple, minced onion, minced cilantro, lime wedges

Instructions

For the marinade

  • Fill a medium bowl with hot water. Add the dried chiles, cover with plastic wrap or a large plate and let soak for 15 minutes. 
  • While the chiles are soaking, add the remaining marinade ingredients to a large blender. Remove the soaked and softened chiles from the water, shake off any excess liquid and add to the blender. Blend ingredients until completely combined.

For the tacos

  • In a large resealable plastic bag (or a large mixing bowl) add the marinade and sliced pork loin. Toss together to coat and marinate for 4-12 hours in the fridge.
  • Remove from the fridge and grease grill with high-heat cooking spray or cooking oil. Grill the meat over medium-high heat until fully cooked through.
  • Once all the meat is cooked, slice into thin strips and serve in warm corn tortillas with remaining fresh pineapple, onion, cilantro and lime wedges.

Notes

 

Nutritional information is only for the marinade and the meat. It does not include tortillas or other toppings.
 
Nutrition Facts
Tacos Al Pastor
Amount Per Serving (1 /12th of recipe)
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 1205mg50%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 700IU14%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/12th of recipe | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 2mg