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Tacos Al Pastor

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Stylist: Leigh Anne Montgomery
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Yield Makes 6 tacos
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.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • Toppings: chopped radishes, fresh cilantro leaves, crumbled queso fresco, chopped onions, chopped jalapeño

Nutrition Information

  • calories 221
  • fat 8.1 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 18.2 g
  • carbohydrate 17.7 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 50 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 552 mg
  • calcium 58 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine pork and next 9 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal and chill 4 to 24 hours.

    Marinating Meat
  2. Cook pork mixture in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until pork is done. Serve mixture with warm tortillas and desired toppings.

  3. Note: For testing purposes only, we used McCormick Gourmet Collection Mexican-Style Chili Powder.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per taco with flour tortilla and 1/2 cup pork mixture (not including toppings).

  5. Spicy Chicken-Pineapple Tacos: Substitute 1 lb. skinned and boned chicken thighs, chopped, for pork tenderloin. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  6. Per taco with flour tortilla and 1/2 cup chicken mixture (not including toppings): Calories 230; Fat 4g (sat 3g, mono 5g, poly 1g); Protein 5g; Carb 7g; Fiber 8g; Chol 50mg; Iron 8mg; Sodium 564mg; Calc 62mg

Taco Xpress, Austin, Texas