Tacos Al pastor is a Mexican dish featuring a pork and pineapple mixutre. By marinating the pork with pineapple, the protein in the pork breaks down resulting in very tender meat. These tacos are genererally served on soft tortillas and include cilantro, onions, lime juice, pineapple, and salsa.
1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 (8-oz.) can pineapple tidbits in juice, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Mexican-style chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
6 (8-inch) soft taco-size corn or flour tortillas, warmed
I've made this numerous times in a crockpot using a pork loin (rather than a tenderloin). Skip the marinating and dump it all together. So easy to feed a family and have leftovers. After cooking it slowly throughout the day, it shreds beautifully. Adjust the seasonings based on the added weight and use a full size can of pineapple.
This turned out really good! Didn't use cilantro bc I don't care for it. Didn't have Mexican-style chili powder, so used a combo of regular chili powder and chipotle chili powder - it was HOT - next time I will only use a little bit of the chipotle chili powder. Will definitely be making this again!
Meh, WAY too sweet! El Pastor should be savory and the pineapple should only be used to breakdown the chewiness of the meat, not add a syrupy sweetness. I gave it a 2 cause if wasn't totally awful. It just wasn't right. I will continue on my mission for fabulous El Pastor.
I wanted to like this - I have been trying really hard to get some good Mexican/Southwestern recipes, and I even lived in Austin for a while, so I really wanted to like this - even made it twice.
We won't be making it again. It just isn't that good, especially for the effort. I love pork tacos, but my quest for the perfect pork taco recipe continues.
What a great recipe for Sunday dinner. The meat is prepared the day before. It is perfectly seasoned and preparing the day beofre makes the meat tender and delicious. I served with fresh guacamole and our favorite mexican dip. It was a hit and will be a regular on our family menu!
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