Sizzling Al Pastor Pork Tacos


Experience the authentic flavors of Mexico with our Sizzling Al Pastor Pork Tacos! This iconic dish features succulent pork marinated in a traditional Al Pastor blend of chilies, spices, and pineapple, creating a perfect harmony of sweet and spicy. Served on warm corn tortillas and topped with fresh garnishes, these tacos are a celebration of rich, vibrant flavors, ideal for anyone who loves the depth and complexity of Mexican cuisine.

Sizzling Al Pastor Pork Tacos

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time (including marination): 4 hours
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 6
  • Serving size: 2 tacos per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Fiber: 3g


  • Pork shoulder, thinly sliced: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
  • Guajillo chilies: 5
  • Achiote paste: 30g (1 oz)
  • Pineapple juice: 120ml (4 fl oz)
  • Garlic cloves: 3
  • White vinegar: 30ml (1 fl oz)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (0.18 oz)
  • Dried oregano: 5g (0.18 oz)
  • Corn tortillas: 12
  • Fresh pineapple, diced: 1 cup (about 165g or 5.8 oz)
  • Red onion, finely chopped: 1 medium
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: for garnish
  • Lime wedges: for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Prepare Marinade: Soak guajillo chilies in hot water until soft. Blend chilies, achiote paste, pineapple juice, garlic, vinegar, cumin, and oregano into a smooth paste. Season with salt.
  • Marinate Pork: Coat the pork slices in the marinade and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Cook Pork: Grill or pan-fry the pork over high heat until cooked through and slightly charred.
  • Assemble Tacos: Warm tortillas, then fill with slices of cooked pork, diced pineapple, and chopped red onion.
  • Garnish: Top with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
  • Serve: Enjoy these flavor-packed tacos fresh and hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Slice the pork as thinly as possible for quick cooking.
  • Allow the pork to marinate for as long as possible for deeper flavor.
  • Grill the pork for an authentic charred flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken instead of pork?

Yes, chicken can be a good substitute.

How spicy are these tacos?

They have a mild to medium spice level, but you can adjust to your taste.

Can I prepare the pork in advance?

Yes, the pork can be marinated overnight.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Yes, when using corn tortillas, this dish is gluten-free.