Al Pastor Tacos

Sharing Al Pastor Tacos, one of my favorite flavors. I was really surprised about the origins of it - not Mexican but Lebanese! The method of cooking "al pastor" was inspired by shawarma.
When Lebanese immigrants moved to Mexico in the 1930s after the Ottoman empire fell, they brought their spit-roasted meat (especially lamb). Their roast lamb served on a flour tortilla or pita bread.  This is why al pastor is means shepherd. Initially it was called tacos arabes or "Arab tacos".
Pork replaced the lamb (it just wasn't popular in Mexico), and people added cilantro and pineapple.  The pork is marinated for hours in spices and chiles then cooked on a vertical spit. As the meat cooks, the outside layer gets crispy and the fat and juices to drip, basting it as it crisps. (source, source)
Why and who added pineapple remains a mystery. I don't like cooked pineapple, but al pastor tacos is one of the exceptions - it just adds such great flavor.
Sadly we don't have a vertical roast spit and finding some of the chiles was difficult in Connecticut so we had to get creative. But it still tasted delicious
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit and Kevin is Cooking

Al Pastor Tacos

Ingredients
10 guajillo chiles, seeds removed
2 de Arbol chiles
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder,
6 garlic cloves
2/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons achiote paste
pinch salt
1 cup pineapple, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 red habanero chiles, seeds removed, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
8 corn tortillas
Lime wedges (for serving)

Directions
Cut the pork shoulder into 2 to 4 inch chunks and place in large ziploc bags

Bring guajillo and de arbol chiles and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit 20 minutes to let chiles soften.

Place pork in a large bowl. Purée the boiled chiles, garlic, vinegar, sugar, achiote paste, salt, half of the pineapple, and half of the onion, habanero chiles in a food processor until pureed. Pour over pork in a ziploc bag and marinate for at least 3-12 hours.

Place marinated pork and marinade in the slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Remove from slow cooker and place pork chunks in a baking pan. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes in 225°F oven until crispy

When ready to serve, place the meat on corn tortillas. Top with remaining chopped onion and pineapple, and cilantro. Squeeze lime juice and serve hot. Enjoy!

5 comments

  1. These tacos were so good! I love al pastor! we need to make it again!

    ReplyDelete


  2. thanks for sach a great article .. we know are some informatiobest online news in india the universal post is creating and curating stories, research to take you to the real facts truth behind every step, every statement given by so called - Pseudo Intellectuals who sachin India is intolerant. Join us in our journey and we promise you to clear your thoughts and you will celebrate Independence Day every day in India.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Among
    replica handbags all the grandchildren of Princess gucci replica Grace, Pierre is the most cheerful personality, humorous, social replica hermes and travel, speaks English, handbags replica, Italian, German, and also has replica handbag wide range of hobbies., football, martial arts and other sports.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Amazingly accommodating post. This is my first time i visit here. I found such an extensive number of captivating stuff in your blog especially its trade. Genuinely its unprecedented article. Keep it up. Pastor Alph Lukau Family

    ReplyDelete