Mexican Street Tacos (Tacos Al Pastor)

We're makin' homemade al pastor meat to go along with a classy tacos al pastor recipe!


INGREDIENTS

Marinade Ingredients-

  • 4 ancho chiles

  • 5 guajillo chilies (seeded)

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) white vinegar

  • 1 cup (240ml) pineapple juice

  • 3.5 tablespoons 65gachiote paste

  • 10 cloves garlic

  • 2 tablespoons (28g) brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons(5g) ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons (5g) ground cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons (30g)kosher salt (start with that much then taste)

  • 4-5 lb boneless pork shoulder

Grilled Pineapple Relish Ingredients-

  • 1 whole pineapple

  • 1 sweet onion

  • 1 jalapeno

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

  • The Juice and zest of 2 limes

Assembly-

  • Corn Tortillas

  • lime wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

Mexican Street Tacos:

  1. Starting with a marinade, add 4 dried ancho chilis and 5 dried guajillo chilis. Seed both chilies unless you want marinade spicier. Cover with boiling water and let them sit until they’re easy to tear.

  2. In a blender combine ¾ of a cup white vinegar, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 3.5 tablespoons of achiote paste, 10 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons or 28 grams of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons or 5 grams of ground cumin, 2 teaspoons or 5 grams of ground cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons or 30 grams of kosher salt.

  3. Add your soaked chilies and blend until a smooth marinade forms.

  4. With a 4 to 5-pound boneless pork shoulder and slice into half-inch slices, place into a bowl and pour over the marinade. Cover in plastic wrap and let it marinate overnight.

  5. With 3 to 4 metal skewers, place each slice of marinated pork over the skewers, stacking the meat until they are all skewered.

  6. Set up your grill for offset heating (⅔ of the grill should be set to medium-high while the other third completely off). Sear the al pastor stack on the hot grates 2-3 minutes per side until some color forms. Then place the al pastor meat on the cold side of the grill, cover, and let roast (monitor the grill thermometer to be around 350ºF) for about 1 to 2 hours.

  7. Flip occasionally until cooked and lightly charred al pastor meat. Once cooked, place upright and slice vertically.

  8. For the pineapple relish, quarter 1 pineapple lengthwise and on a ripping hot grill place the pineapple quarters, jalapeños, and sliced sweet onion until all nicely charred.

  9. Chop up everything into bite-sized pieces. Place in a bowl along with cilantro, the juice, and zest of 2 limes and season with salt generously. Mix until combined.

  10. To assemble the tacos, lightly warm/char the corn tortillas, add your al pastor meat, the relish, and any other toppings you want (like cotija cheese and avocado!).