Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Tacos al Pastor

Getting reviews...
  • 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:

Serving:

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

Chocolate Desserts

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

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 …

How-To: Chocolate Cream Puffs

Make this classic and elegant French dessert using our step-by-step guide.

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.

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 …

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.

Nostalgic, Old-Fashioned and Retro Candy and Candy Bars

Take a sweet trip down memory lane by ogling these old-school candy bars and confections.

Valentine's Day Four-Ingredient Dessert Feb 12, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

The best part of this Valentine's Day dessert? It requires only four ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar.

Easy Gift Idea: Chocolate-Covered Toffee Feb 7, 2013

Looking for an easy gift idea? Cooking Channel's recipe for Chocolate-Covered Toffee is just the ticket. A touch of coffee in the …

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Meatless Monday: Chocolate For Dinner Feb 13, 2012

By: Michelle Buffardi

Celebrate Meatless Monday and Valentine's Day (a day early) with Bobby Flay's Poached Eggs in Mole Sauce.

Meet the Magical Mega Cakes from Choccywoccydoodah

Cake + chocolate + crazy talent = the coolest confectionery in Brighton, England.

How to Make Truffles

Learn how to make a chocolate lover's favorite treat: the classic truffle made from smooth chocolate ganache.