How to make Tacos al Pastor at home
* 20 corn tortillas,
* 2 pounds pork loin meat,
* 1 pineapple, chopped to big chunks,
* Optional: Salsa Taquera
For the achiote marinade:
* 8 chilies guajillos,
* 2 ancho chiles,
* medium sized onion,
* 2 cloves of garlic,
* 1 pack achiote paste or powder
* 1 cup pineapple juice,
* salt to taste,
* fresh parsley, fresh cilantro and finely chopped onions and these
ingredients will be sprinkled over the finished tacos,
Step 1: Making the achiote marinade: set the clean chilis to cook in just enough water to cover them, pull out the chilis when they are tender, take out their seeds and the veins. Use a food processor to liquefy the chilies with the water we used to cook them,
one cup vinegar, the
achiote paste, one onion, the garlic cloves, add the pineapple juice and the salt,
and blend to mix; we will now marinate our meat using this marinade.
Step 2: Cut the meat in thin steaks, then place them on skewers alternating the meat with pineapple pieces. Once ready, place the pineapple and meat skewers in an oven-going pan to marinate , covered in the
achiote marinade we did in Step 1. Let the meat marinate for two hours or more if you can. Preheat your oven to
200ºF (or 100ºC). Cook the meat in that pan with its marinade in the oven, for about one to one hour and half; the time will vary depending how thick your pieces of meat are; cook in the oven until the meat is well done but still tender.
Step 3: Once finished cooking the meat, we will start putting our Tacos al Pastor together. First remove the pineapple pieces and the pork meat in a bowl and chop both ingredients together down coarsely, including some marinade.
Prepare a very finely chopped onion, finely chopped cilantro and parsley, which you will mix
all together in a separate bowl.
Step 4: Make the tacos over very warm tortillas, you can use 2 tortillas per taco for more solidity, put the sliced meat and pineapple mixture down first, then put some onion-cilantro-parsley mixture over;
add hot taco sauce "salsa taquera" over if you chose to use it.
Serve to your happy guests!
More ideas for making Tacos al Pastor:
To cook the meat in a way that is closer to the original mexican recipe, the
meat can be parboiled in a casserole, then pile the thin meat slices on 2-3
sticks, with pineapple slices in between; a thick pineapple slice and half an onion on the topmost
layer. Use white vinegar to brush the meat and keep it wet while grilling it on a barbecue grill
while constantly turning it so the meat on the sticks won't burn.