Tacos Al Pastor With Marinated Pork Strips And Pineapple Chunks

Mexican food is just like the country itself: colorful, spicy, and cheerful. If you're looking for a wonderfully flavorful, marinated pork dish with an extra fruity note, you should try the following recipe — every meat lover will get their money's worth with our version of tacos al pastor!

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour

You'll Need:

For the pork tower:

  • 2 lb pork loin
  • achiote pineapple marinade
  • 1 large pineapple
  • 16 slices of bacon

For the achiote pineapple marinade:

  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • ⅓ cup achiote paste
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup vinegar

For the tacos al pastor:

  • corn tortillas
  • marinated pork strips
  • pineapple chunks
  • diced onions
  • chopped cilantro

Here's How:

1. Cut the pork loin into 12 slices, pound the pieces thin, and place them in a casserole dish.

2. For the achiote pineapple marinade, crush the ingredients until a smooth paste forms. Spread the achiote pineapple marinade over the pork slices until they're completely coated and let marinate for 20 minutes.

3. Cut the pineapple into 2 large cubes and stack them in the center of a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

4. Place 2 pieces of marinated pork slices crosswise on the pineapple cubes and then place 4 slices of bacon crosswise on top. Keep layering the marinated pork slices and bacon slices until all the meat is stacked, with the top layer being multiple marinated pork slices.

5. Top the pork tower with a piece of pineapple and stick a wooden skewer through it to secure everything in place. Transfer the baking tray to a preheated oven and cook at 375°F for 1 hour, rotating the pan every so often so that the meat cooks evenly.

6. Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes before cutting pieces off of the pineapple spit. Serve the marinated pork slices in corn tortillas with pineapple, onions, and cilantro.

Get the recipe for the Schnitzel Gyros featured in the bonus video.


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