Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor (pork)

Tacos Al Pastor

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Here’s something to whet your appetite–and, if there is a Mercadito Restaurant in your area, why not visit them and save yourself the time? For those who live too far away, though, here’s your chance to make those great flavors at home. Be sure to allow time for ingredients to marinate! Remember, something this great is worth waiting for.

This recipe provided by Mercadito Restaurant.

See our video and restaurant review, too.


  • Tacos Al Pastor
  • 5 ounces marinated pork (recipe follows)
  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons onions/cilantro mix (recipe follows)
  • 1 tablespoons chile de arbol salsa (recipe follows)
  • 4 tablespoons pineapple, grilled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Ancho-Guajillo Marinade
  • 2 ancho chiles, toasted
  • 1 guajillo chile, toasted
  • 1 bulla chile, toasted
  • 5 garlic cloves, roasted
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, grounded
  • 1 teaspoon bay leaves, grounded
  • Onion/Cilantro Mix Recipe
  • 1 cup onion, small diced
  • 1/8 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • Chile De Arbol Salsa
  • 2 chiles de arbol, toasted
  • 5 tomatillo
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, whole
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed


  • 1 Tacos Al Pastor:
  • 2 Heat sauté pan with oil and sauté marinated pork, dice and reserve.
  • 3 On hot grill, grill whole pineapple until dark lines are visible.
  • 4 After grilling, dice and reserve.
  • 5 Place pork on tortillas and top with onions/cilantro, salsa, and pineapple.
  • 6 Ancho-Guajillo Marinade:
  • 7 In a sauté pan, heat oil and sauté onions until translucent.
  • 8 Bring all liquids to a boil.
  • 9 In a glass baking dish, place toasted chiles, garlic, and onions.
  • 10 Pour boiling liquid over and spread oregano and bay leaves over chiles and onions.
  • 11 Put another hotel pan or glass baking dish on top and place heavy cans on top so it is weighed down. Preferably, let sit overnight.
  • 12 Blend the marinade and pass it through a strainer.
  • 13 Rub abundantly onto pork and marinate at least 3 hours, preferably overnight before cooking.
  • 14 Onion/Cilantro Mix Recipe:
  • 15 In medium bowl, mix all ingredients, making sure the mixture is overly salted.
  • 16 Chile De Arbol Salsa:
  • 17 Heat grill and grill tomatillos until dark lines are visible and juices start to come out of tomatillos.
  • 18 In a coffee grinder or spice blender, place chiles and grind until a dust consistency is achieved.
  • 19 In food processor, add onion and garlic and puree until a paste starts to form.
  • 20 Then add the chile dust and mix well.
  • 21 Add this mixture to a blender and incorporate the grilled tomatillos.
  • 22 Blend until everything is well mixed.
  • 23 If needed, slowly add water until salsa consistency is achieved.


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