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Home made Al Pastor Tacos

Homemade Al Pastor Tacos

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This is a handy recipe to make 'Al Pastor' tacos at home without having to assemble a spining top, and still getting all those flavours from the king of tacos.
If you can't find achiote paste, try asking for annatto seeds - which are used in cuisines from Vietnam and Phillipines.
The marinade is the key to this recipe, so allow for the meat to marinade at least overnight.
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Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Marinade8 hours
Total Time8 hours 58 minutes
Servings4 people


  • 1 kg free-range pork loin fillets boneless
  • 3 guajillo chillies large
  • 30 g achiote paste also known as annatto
  • ½ white or brown onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 orange
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 pinch mexican oregano
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve:

  • 24 corn tortillas preferably from La Tortillera
  • 400 g fresh pineapple diced
  • ½ white or brown onion
  • ¼ coriander bunch
  • 2 limes
  • Your favourite salsa


  • In a saucepan, boil about a litre and a half of water. Remove the steam, seeds and veins from the chillies and add to boiling water, turn off the flame and leave to simmer for ten minutes.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • For the marinade, cut half of the onion into quarters and blend with the achiote, garlic, vinegar, orange juice, cloves, oregano, and the rehydrated chillies, add salt and pepper to taste.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • Place the meat fillets in a bowl, add the marinade, and mix thoroughly to cover the meat well on both sides. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat, add the meat fillets and cook for 3 minutes f on each side or until brown. Make sure you gently scrape off the leftovers on the pan in between fillets to prevent burnt bits from sticking to the meat. .
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • Cut the pork into small pieces and put in a container with a lid, you can use the pan with a lid that fits.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • Reheat the tortillas in a very hot pan, about 15 seconds on each side. I suggest you do them in piles of two to trap the moisture released by each tortilla.
  • Chop the other half of the onion along with the coriander and reserve for garnish.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • Using a double tortilla for each taco, fill them with the pork, and add pineapple, chopped coriander and onion on top. Make sure you have some limes, cut in half, and salsa to the ready to put on each taco.
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe
  • ¡Buen provecho!
    Home made Al Pastor Tacos Recipe