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Tacos al Pastor

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Tacos al Pastor
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 20
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Tacos al Pastor

My at-home version of the Mexican classic pork tacos.

Ingredients

For the pork

2
pounds pork roast
2
tablespoons chipotle sauce
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4
cup red vinegar
1
teaspoon achiote powder
1
packet Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix

For the slaw

1/2
head cabbage
4
jalapeños
1/2
English cucumber
5
sprigs cilantro
2
tablespoons red vinegar
1
can Old El Paso™ Green Chiles
2
tablespoons sriracha
2
tablespoons mayonnaise

Garnish

Shredded cheddar

Directions

  • 1 Thinly slice the pork.
  • 2 Mix the rest of the pork ingredients in a large bowl.
  • 3 Mix the pork into the sauce.
  • 4 Line a loaf pan with foil and shingle the thin pork slices into the pan. Keep piling them on until all the pork is in the pan.
  • 5 Top with more foil and press down with another loaf pan. Put a heavy oven save item on top. Put this whole rig onto a sheet pan. Allow to marinade and press at room temperature for a half hour.
  • 6 Bake at 275°F for 3 and a half hours. Some fat will splash out of the pan, but the baking sheet should catch it.
  • 7 Meanwhile, make the slaw. Thinly slice the cabbage, jalapeños, and cucumber. Chop the cilantro. Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Allow to marinade for 30 minutes before serving.
  • 8 Let the pork rest about 15 minutes uncovered. Remove from the pan gently. Slice the pork. Some will fall apart and some wont, but it will all be delicious.
  • 9 Finally, grill the tortillas until some spots are blackened. Serve with pork, cheese, and top with the slaw.
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Tacos al Pastor? What's that?

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Tacos al Pastor are seasoned pork in soft tortillas, and we've got the easiest version ever!

Tacos al pastor usually take some pretty complicated preparation involving marinated, stacked and roasted meat on a spit. I’m here to take out the complication and help you make an easy version at home!

This take on al pastor tacos still marinates and stacks the meat, but instead of roasting it on a large spit, we just cook it slow and low in a loaf pan while pressing it. The marinade and slow cooking really helps develop some deep, delicious flavors.

These tacos al pastor are a unique and flavorful alternative for your taco fix. Here we go...

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Get your chipotle, oil, vinegar, achiote powder, and taco seasoning together in a bowl for the marinade.

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Slice the pork as thin as you can and pour the marinade on.

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Mix it up well. And wash your hands!

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Then just shingle it out into a loaf pan.

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

When it's all inside, it looks like this. 

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Put another loaf pan on there and put something heavy and oven-safe on top (I used one of my heavy stone bowls). Bake for three hours.

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Let it sit a good 15 minutes when it comes out.

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

Then you can slice it up for the tacos!

 

Mexican al Pastor Tacos

A green chile cabbage slaw is the perfect cooling compliment to the savory spicy meat. Enjoy!

  

Dan Whalen made a ton of this meat and has been snacking on it all week. He has been blogging for over 5 years at The Food in My Beard. Check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative flair!

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