Tacos al Pastor

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 50 min
  • Cook: 3 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Al Pastor:

2 ancho chiles

2 guajillo chiles

1 cup/250 ml chopped fresh pineapple

2 tablespoons/30 ml honey

1 tablespoon/15 ml smoked paprika

1 tablespoon/15 ml vinegar

1 teaspoon/5 ml salt

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce

1 tablespoon/15 ml adobo sauce

5 cloves garlic, peeled

A few sprigs fresh oregano

One 4-pound pork butt roast

1 large onion, sliced

Serving:

Small white corn tortillas

Onions, chopped

Salsa

Cilantro leaves

Lime wedges

Directions

  1. For the al pastor: Put the ancho and guajillo chiles in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and allow the chiles to steep until they are rehydrated, about 30 minutes. Discard the seeds and stems and toss the chiles in a food processor along with the pineapple, honey, smoked paprika, vinegar, salt, chipotle chile, adobo sauce, garlic and oregano. 
  2. Slice the roast into 3/4-inch-thick slices, but don't cut all the way through. 
  3. Slather the marinade between each layer until all the meat is covered. Stack the onion slices in between the slices of meat. Tie the roast back together. Cover it and allow it to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). 
  5. Put the roast on a rack in a roasting pan and add water to the bottom of the pan (this is to keep the drippings from smoking). Roast for 30 minutes at this temperature, and then turn down the heat to 300 degrees F (160 degrees C). Roast until the meat is very tender, about 3 hours. 
  6. After removing the meat from the oven, cover it with foil and let it rest for about 20 minutes. 
  7. When you're ready to serve, thinly slice the meat. Serve the meat on corn tortillas and garnish with onions, salsa and cilantro, and lime wedges on the side.

Cook’s Note

You can also slow cook the roast on a barbecue using indirect heat or the rotisserie if you have one.

Fudge Factor

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …