Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Stylist: Leigh Anne Montgomery
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Chill Time
4 Hours
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 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

Ratings & Reviews

Crockpot it!

February 23, 2016
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. 

Brit's Review

February 03, 2016
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!

AmyNJames's Review

May 09, 2013
Just mediocre.

tjburkhardt's Review

August 02, 2012
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.

keeper4u's Review

August 13, 2011
This is a very good recipe, and very easy. Thank you

amymemphis's Review

August 20, 2010
Love this recipe! Great flavor! One of mine and my husband's favorites!

LS5216's Review

January 27, 2010
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.

kab47895's Review

October 08, 2009
Do not normally remember to go back and rate recipe's but this was good enough to let everyone know they should try it...home-made pico goes great

greenvilleSCfan's Review

June 01, 2009
This was very good. Loved that it could be completely prepped the night before.

PHansen's Review

May 29, 2009
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!