Homemade Tacos Al Pastor
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If you love sweet and spicy pork, you are going to fall in love with these homemade tacos al pastor! They're easy to make and packed full of flavor.
Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 3 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 2 dried pasilla chilies
  • 2.5-3 lbs. pork loin roast
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ red onion, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 c. pineapple juice*
  • 3 c. chopped fresh pineapple, divided
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Corn tortillas
  • Garnishes:
  • Chopped fresh pineapple
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped red onion
  • Lime wedges
  1. In a medium size bowl, place the dried chilies along with a few cups of very hot water. Allow the chilies to soak until soft, about 5-10 minutes. When the chiles are tender, remove them, cut them open and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the pork roast into thin bite-size pieces, removing any excess fat. Place into a large ziploc bag.
  3. In a blender, add the soaked chilies, garlic cloves, red onion, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, pineapple juice, 1½ cups chopped pineapple, oregano, cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne and salt. Puree until smooth, then pour into the ziploc bag, zip and shake to coat. Refrigerate the pork for 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. After the pork has marinated, place it into a colander (sitting in the sink) and allow the mixture to drain (you want the pork to be coated but not super saucy).
  5. In a large skillet set over medium-heat, add ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Once hot, add half of the pork, cook for 3-4 minutes (or until thoroughly cooked), flipping half way through. Repeat with the remaining olive oil and pork.
  6. Serve in crispy or soft corn tortillas, garnish as desired.
*I used a can of Dole 100% pineapple juice and measured it out.
-The pork isn't super spicy, just flavorful. If you want extra heat, add an additional ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper.

Recipe source: adapted from A Spicy Perspective
Recipe by Life Made Simple at https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/homemade-tacos-al-pastor/