Authentic Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

Experience the vibrant flavors of Mexico with our authentic Tacos Al Pastor recipe, made easy with ingredients available at your local Junior’s Supermarket. From tender marinated pork to fragrant spices and fresh toppings, everything you need to create this iconic dish is conveniently accessible at Junior’s. Let’s embark on a culinary journey and bring the taste of Mexico to your dinner table!


  • 2 pounds pork shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons achiote paste
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn tortillas
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Diced onion
  • Lime wedges

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped onion, minced garlic, achiote paste, white vinegar, orange juice, dried oregano, ground cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to form a marinade.
  2. Add the thinly sliced pork shoulder to the marinade, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Once hot, grill the marinated pork slices for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and slightly charred. Grill the pineapple slices for 2-3 minutes on each side until caramelized.
  4. Remove the pork and pineapple from the grill and chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  5. To assemble the tacos, heat the corn tortillas on the grill or in a skillet until warmed through. Place a spoonful of the grilled pork onto each tortilla, followed by a few pieces of grilled pineapple. Garnish with fresh cilantro, diced onion, and a squeeze of lime juice.
  6. Serve the Tacos Al Pastor immediately, with additional lime wedges on the side for squeezing.

Brief History Of Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor has a fascinating history that blends Mexican and Middle Eastern culinary influences. Originating in central Mexico, this iconic dish is believed to have been inspired by Lebanese immigrants who brought the tradition of spit-roasting shawarma with them to Mexico. Over time, Mexican cooks adapted the technique, using marinated pork instead of lamb and incorporating local spices and flavors. Today, Tacos Al Pastor remains a beloved street food favorite in Mexico and around the world, celebrated for its tender, flavorful meat and vibrant toppings.

With the perfect balance of savory pork, sweet pineapple, and fragrant spices, our Tacos Al Pastor recipe is sure to transport your taste buds to the bustling streets of Mexico City. Visit your local Junior’s Supermarket to pick up all the ingredients you need to recreate this iconic dish at home and delight your family and friends with a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine. ¡Buen provecho!

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