Seth’s Tacos Al Pastor

There really are few things in life better than a good taco. And I mean that. My perfect taco is without a doubt, al pastor. I stole this recipe from my dad…because he knows how to make them perfectly. To quote our housemate “they’re the best tacos I’ve ever had”.

Serves 4-5 people,

  • 1.5kg pork, shoulder, butt or scotch fillet
  • 300ml pineapple juice
  • 300ml orange juice
  • 4 Guajillo chiles, seeds and stem removed
  • 3 Ancho chiles, seeds and stem removed
  • 1 Chipotle chile, seeds and stem removed
  • 1 can (400g) whole peeled tomatoes, strained
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp salt


  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring your pineapple and orange juice to a boil.
  2. Once boiling you can add in your chiles.
  3. Return to a boil then add your tomatoes, oregano, garlic and onion. Boil again.
  4. Add in your cloves, brown sugar, cider vinegar, vegetable oil and salt. Boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
  5. Let cool completely. Once cooled add marinade into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  6. Pour marinade over pork and let rest in the fridge for at least 5 hours, or overnight.
  7. Grill the pork over a hot barbecue/grill until cooked through and charred. Let rest before cutting into thin slices and roughly chopping through.
  8. Serve with grilled pineapple, fresh white onion, coriander and lime on corn tortillas.


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