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Tacos al Pastor

Pace Tacos al Pastor
  • prep time: 20 min
  • total time: 40 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 0 1 serving

What are Tacos al Pastor?  These Mexican pork tacos are a popular dish in Central Mexico.  Pork cooked in a mixture of chiles and pineapple, it's a favorite for its perfect balance of spicy and sweet.  This easy Tacos al Pastor recipe uses ground pork, simmered with ancho chile, smoked paprika, cumin and pineapple juice.  Fresh pineapple chunks are seared in a hot skillet to caramelize, then spooned on top of the pork filling.  And what's better than avocado sauce for tacos?  Folded into warm tortillas and topped with rich and creamy avocado salsa, Mexican pork tacos are fantastic, and ready in only 40 minutes!

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $6.20

  • 1 cup diced pineapple (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) (amount divided in recipe steps below)
  • 1 pound ground pork or ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons (or a 5g packet) seasoned salt with coriander and annatto (like Sazón Goya con Culantro y Achiote)
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 can (6 ounces) pineapple juice
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortilla, warmed
  • 3/4 cup Pace® Avocado Salsa- Mild
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Step 1

    Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the pineapple and cook for 4 minutes or until well browned.  Remove the pineapple from the skillet.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in the skillet.  Add 1 cup onion and cook for 3 minutes or until tender.  Add the pork and cook until well browned, stirring often to separate meat.  Pour off any fat.  Season the pork with salt and pepper.

  • Step 3

    Add the seasoning, chili powder, cumin and paprika and cook for 20 seconds.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Stir in the pineapple juice.  Cook for 7 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Divide the pork mixture among the tortillas.  Divide the remaining 1/2 cup onion, cooked pineapple and the salsa among the tacos.  Sprinkle with the cilantro.  Serve with the lime wedges.

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