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Tacos al Pastor Recipe

An authentic Tacos al Pastor Recipe with a crunchy twist! I’m serving my all-time favorite taco filling with crunchy taco shells and fresh pineapple today. It’s a fun way to freshen up this classic recipe.

Easy Tacos al Pastor Recipe #tacos #mexican

Tacos al Pastor. Spicy chile marinated pork cooked on a spit over the fire, then shaved into crispy bits of porky perfection. Well, that’s not exactly how we’re preparing it today. But I can assure you, the famed tacos al pastor flavor will shine through with zesty boldness.

You may remember, this fall our family spend some time in Mexico over Thanksgiving break.

While most American families were enjoying their roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing and gravy, we were feasting on grilled caribbean lobster, tamales, and tacos al pastor.

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I have eaten more than my fair share of tacos over the years. I’ve been on taco tours in various US cities and, sort of, created my own taco tour while we were in Mexico. Of all the tacos I love and crave, Tacos al Pastor is at the top of the list.


A special chile blend and rotisserie style cooking is what makes a Tacos al Pastor Recipe so unique. From my understanding, the pit-grilled cooking method was introduced by middle-eastern immigrants and has been used in central Mexico ever since. The beloved Tacos al Pastor can now be found all over Mexico and in taco shops world-wide.

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If you want to make them at home, but don’t have an outdoor rotisserie, don’t worry.

I’ve found you can use a traditional al pastor marinade on sliced pork, then sear it in a hot skillet to achieve a similar “crispy yet juicy” quality.

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Then pile the crispy bits of pork into a tortilla and top with fresh pico de gallo and diced pineapple!

Simple Tacos al Pastor Recipe #tacos #mexican

Traditionally, soft corn tortillas are used for a Tacos al Pastor Recipe, but I’m not a big fan of soft corn tortillas unless they are homemade. I find they often have a slightly funky aroma – That’s because soft corn tortillas turn rancid very quickly. I don’t trust them, unless made from scratch on the day I’m serving them.

So today I’m serving Tacos al Pastor in my favorite crunchy taco shells, Old El Paso Super Stuffers.

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These larger-than-average crunchy corn tacos shells have been fried to golden perfection. The shells are thinner than regular store-bought shells, so they don’t seem tough, yet are strong enough to hold up to wet fillings. They provide a light corn flavor and fabulous crunch to any taco recipe.

The other way I like to serve Tacos al Pastor is gringo-style in flash fried puffy flour tortillas.

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Whether you prefer soft pillowy flour tortillas or crunchy corn shells, fill them with the seared pork and fresh cool toppings, for a flavor and texture fiesta in your mouth.

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Tacos al Pastor

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Easy authentic Tacos al Pastor Recipe with soft or crunchy tortillas. These spicy pork tacos bring home the flavor of central Mexico with fresh ingredients on top!
Servings: 20 tacos



  • Place the dried chiles in a bowl of boiling water and place a small plate over the top to submerge the chiles. Allow them to soak and soften for at least 10 minutes. Then scoop them out of the water, and remove the stems and seeds.
  • While the chiles are soaking, slice the pork roast into thin bite-size pieces. Place all the pork in a large zip bag.
  • Add the dried chiles, chipotle chiles, garlic, onion, vinegar, juice, 1 cup chopped pineapple, oregano, cumin, salt and acchiote into the blender. Puree until smooth, then pour over the pork, zip the bag, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. The longer the better.
  • Once the pork has marinated, place a colander in the sink and pour the pork into the colander to drain. You want it to be well-coated, but eliminate excess moisture for searing. Do not rinse it. Shake a little and drain.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-heat. Once hot, drizzle a little olive oil in the pan, then add a quarter of the pork. Arrange the pork in a single layer, covering the bottom of the pan. Sear for 1-2 minutes, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Remove from the skillet and repeat with the remaining pork. Keep the cooked pork covered with foil.
  • To Serve: Fill crunchy or soft flour tortillas with pork, pico de gallo, and fresh chopped pineapple. Serve with a lime wedge and taco sauce if desired.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 493mg, Potassium: 233mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Vitamin C: 12.8mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Sommer Collier

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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18 comments on “Tacos al Pastor Recipe”

  1. I really like your recipe and appreciate it too, but I have my own al pastor rotisserie at home, due to which I can make them anytime. I liked your idea of crispy tacos a lot i would definitely try them.

  2. I’ve been wanting to make homemade al pastor since I first started blogging. Not sure what I'[ve been waiting for, other than maybe the fact that I could be lazy and get it from my favorite Mexican deli in Memphis. However I moved and can no longer do that so maybe now I’ll finally do it!

  3. Those is incredibly delicious. Thanks for bringing us authentic Mexican flavors!! I love trying to cook meals that are actually authentic to their cultures instead of Americanized. :)

  4. Those look absolutely amazing ! I want to eat the screen !

  5. We bought a pork loin roast for the week – you have me re-thinking our plan!!

  6. I love me a good taco :) This looks so good!

  7. I am a huge taco person! These look fabulous. Pinned!

  8. These look delicious! I adore Tacos! great recipe Sommer!

  9. THESE! Oh wow do these is beyond amazing! :)
    Bring on taco friday!

  10. Yay, taco night! Count me in!!

  11. My kids will LOVE these tacos! Great recipe Sommer :)

  12. Scrumptious tacos. Love them!

  13. I love how you marinated the meat- these tacos look awesome!

  14. I could probably eat a taco a day :) These look great!

  15. We love a good taco at our house! Yummy.

  16. I always see them claiming their dishes are like tacos “al pastor” on “Chopped” and I never knew what it was.
    But, now that I do, I want them always! Pinned!

  17. Love these tacos! Great recipe!!