Pork Tacos Al Pastor
This recipe is actually best made when you can marinate the pork overnight and grill it. But since we’re about T-minus 3 hours ’til game time, I say take a short cut and marinate for 30-60 minutes and grill if you can. If you can’t, pan sauté or even a quick bake will suffice.
The sauce is immensely flavorful and while it is best to let it marinate in its own goodness for a while, it’ll still taste great when made and eaten tonight!
2 – 2 ½ lbs boneless pork shoulder, fat trimmed off
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
4 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 ½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ cup fresh pineapple, roughly chopped
1/8 tsp ground clove
2 dried guajillo peppers, seeds removed and roughly chopped
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
1/3 cup Pomì tomato sauce
2 tbsp achiote paste
¼ cup water
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ to ½ medium red onion, cut into thin rounds
2-3 pineapple rounds
8 flour or corn tortillas
Fresh cilantro for garnish
Fresh lime slices for garnish
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and sauté for about 1-2 minutes, turning frequently until it browns.
Add in your oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, clove and guajillo peppers and sauté for another minute.
Then add in ½ cup roughly chopped pineapple, vinegar, water and achiote paste and bring the mixture to boil.
Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Once cooled, add in your salt and pour your mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Place your pork into a large zip top bag and add in your marinade.
Seal and mix around so the pork is well coated.
Place into the fridge and let marinate overnight (or for a minimum of 6 hours).
Grill your pork over medium to medium-high heat until cooked through and you’ve got grill marks on the outside.
As your pork grills, grill the pineapple rounds and onion rounds (optional).
Remove pork, pineapple and onions from the grill and let sit 5 minutes.
Thinly slice your pork and chop your pineapple into 1/4” chunks.
To serve your taco, top a tortilla with a nice serving of pork, top with pineapple and onion.
Garnish with cilantro.