Homemade Salsa Al Pastor

This fresh simple Homemade Salsa Al Pastor recipe is a unique flavor-packed salsa that will take any Mexican recipe to the next level. Try it with Carne Asada or Carnitas Tacos!

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Homemade Salsa Recipe

My family loves salsa. In fact, my daughter Ava and I commonly state that chips and salsa are our kryptonite. 

We can’t seem to stay away from it.

And I believe the more you love something, the more you can’t stand to experience it in a mediocre form. It’s utterly heart-wrenching, to take a bite of a salsa you think is going to be amazing, then to be sorely disappointed.

 Am I right?

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Well, to spur on our grand affection for salsa we’ve shared some of our favorite salsa recipes here on A Spicy Perspective. (Recipe Links Below)

However, I have a new favorite to offer up today, Salsa Al Pastor.

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Homemade Salsa Al Pastor?

Salsa what?

Ok… Have you ever ordered Tacos Al Pastor at a Mexican restaurant?

They are tacos prepared in a similar style to Shawarma, a middle eastern barbecue, brought to Mexico by immigrants. 

The unique flavors and cooking style has become a beloved fusion-food staple in Mexico and across Mexican restaurant menus worldwide.

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Our Accidental Salsa Al Pastor

The last time I made Tacos Al Pastor for my family, I had some leftover marinade in the fridge. 

My kids asked if it was salsa and before I had time to answer, they were dipping up the marinade with chips, stating this was possibly my best homemade salsa yet!

Of course then I had to taste it with tortilla chips. 

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Fresh Salsa Recipe

The intense flavor combination that makes Al Pastor chicken and pork so delicious, tastes fabulous on its own… And with chips!

So, I whipped up a slightly altered version of my original marinade , with a better texture for salsa.

This homemade salsa variation is rich and perky, with deep smoky notes from three types of dried chiles, and the sweet tangy taste of pineapple.

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How To Make Homemade Salsa Al Pastor

  1. To make this simple salsa recipe, you must first reconstitute dried chiles. Place the chiles in hot water to soften. Then reserve a little bit of the chile water for the salsa. 
  2. Then puree the chiles in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add fresh pineapple, onions, tomatoes, herbs, and spices. Then puree again, until the salsa is as smooth or chunky as you like it.

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5 from 5 votes

Homemade Salsa Al Pastor

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This fresh simple Homemade Salsa Al Pastor recipe is a unique flavor-packed salsa that will take any Mexican recipe to the next level. 

Servings: 16
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Salsa Al Pastor
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Potassium 73mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 12.3%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Bring a kettle of water to a boil. Place the 4 dried chiles in a large bowl. Pour boiling water over the top. Cover chiles with a small plate, to push the chiles down into the water. Steep for at least 10 minutes.

  2. Remove the chiles from the hot water. Remove the stems and seeds. Then place the chile peppers in a food processor. 

  3. Add 1/2 cup of the chile water to the food processor. Add all remaining ingredients. (Leave the sugar out, if you are unsure whether you want to add it.)

  4. Pulse the salsa ingredients until mostly smooth. Taste, then add salt, pepper, and sugar as needed.

Recipe Notes

Like chunkier salsa? You can puree the chiles and spices, then chop the pineapple, onion, and tomatoes, and mix them in by hand. 

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8 comments on “Homemade Salsa Al Pastor

  1. Sabrinaposted May 6, 2019 at 11:09 pm Reply

    great recipe, great walk-through too, thank you, love the flavors in this recipe

  2. Toniposted May 2, 2019 at 7:58 am Reply

    This was absolutely amazing! Can’t wait to make it again!

  3. Suzyposted May 1, 2019 at 5:53 pm Reply

    Such a unique and delicious salsa recipe! I want it with all my Mexican dishes now.

  4. Carolposted May 1, 2019 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend with the tacos al pastor that we were already planning to make! Quick question regarding the salsa recipe… is this one of those recipes that needs to be made fresh just before serving? Or is this one of those recipes that gets better as it hangs out in the fridge for a few days?

    • Sommer Collierposted May 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm Reply

      Hi Carol,

      It will last in the fridge for a few days, but I actually like it best on day 1-2. Hope this helps! :)

  5. Lizposted May 1, 2019 at 11:53 am Reply

    Now you’ve created a salsa that can double as a marinade! It’s really delicious and next time I’ll make a double batch and serve up some tacos, too.

  6. Julieposted May 1, 2019 at 11:47 am Reply

    The flavors in this are great! Can’t wait to make it for Cinco de Mayo.

  7. Becky Hardinposted May 1, 2019 at 11:04 am Reply

    What an awesome homemade salsa! Yum