Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tacos al Pastor-Classic Mexican Street Food

Street food is real-it can be powerful. It represents the energy of a local community that gathers to eat, to socialize, to connect.

With a few fresh key ingredients, preparing this Mexican classic pork taco dish hot off my backyard grill is the best way we can honor this dish, it is easy to serve a few or a crowd.

You just need a few ice cold beers to bring this dish in for a landing.


Tacos al Pastor
Serves 4
Recipe from Men's Health




Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tbsp. chipotle pepper in adobo
1/2 tsp. guajillo pepper powder or chili powder
Pinch cinnamon
1-lb. pork loin, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
Salt and pepper
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup store-bought salsa verde
2 thick slices pineapple
8 corn tortillas, warmed
1 handful cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges

Directions:

Prepare the marinade:
In a food processor or blender, blend the first seven ingredients to a puree and pour the mixture into a large resealable plastic bag.  Season the pork slices with salt and pepper and add them to the bag.  Refrigerate for at least an hour (and up to 4)before cooking.

Make the salsa verde
When you are ready to cook, preheat the grill, or grill pan on high.  In a small mixing bowl, mash the avocado to a coarse paste.  Then stir in the salsa verde to form a thick sauce.  Set aside.

Cook the pork:
Remove the meat from the marinade and grill until browned and firm, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.  Meanwhile grill the pineapple until light grill marks develop, 2 to 3 minutes a side.

Fold the tortillas and fill them with pork and pineapple: add salsa verde and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

Enjoy!





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32 comments:

A Kitchen Witch said...

This is my husbands favorite way to eat tacos. He had this little truck in Houston that he'd visit that made them similar to this. Thanks for sharing.

Alida said...

Mmm.... I love this meal! I love mexican and your tacos look great!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

These look delicious. An ice cold beer always tops off a taco perfectly. Regional street food has that special something.

TKW said...

Our Paola, who is from Mexico and spending the summer with us, was just craving these the other day! I'm going to make them!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I bet that pineapple really sets it off.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

I want some for my super!

Jennifurla said...

want want want, so dainty - I want 10

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Soooo wishing I had one (or two:@) now!

That Girl said...

We had this not too long ago.

Denise said...

I will need to try this.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

a lot can happen over these food street junctions...you get to know about the city's culture thorugh these

rita cooks italian said...

I love to marinade meat. This mexican food street sounds delicious, a treat for a lazy Sunday afternoon. I wonder if I could use my barbecue to cook the pork or if it will dry out...

Jane said...

This sounds so good! Love the pineapple in the tacos!

Katerina said...

Yes indeed street food has a unique power in all countries. I love Mexican and this dish is right up my alley!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Love the grilled pineapple! These look so good. There is nothing better than good Mexican food and an ice cold beer.

Cucina49 said...

Oh wow, these put the halibut tacos I posted earlier this week to shame.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This looks delicious - I need to play with tacos a lot more!

Chris said...

Grilled street food makes my mouth happy! I just wish I could get a vertical rotisserie like the street vendors use to get those thin crispy layers like they do. Yum!

Roz said...

Street food is so much fun! Anything Mexican, Tex-Mex, or SW . . . and I'm all over it! Pass the cold Corona's with lime too!

tasteofbeirut said...

I adore Mexican street food and only wish I could have some here once in a while! these tacos look perfectly satisfying and easy to put together.

Kathleen said...

This is my favorite kind of meal. Reminds me of when my hubs was working in Cabo.

Lea Ann (Cooking on the Ranch) said...

I love these tacos and I've only made them once. I wasn't crazy about the recipe, so much try this one. There are a lot of differences in the one I used. I've had them at a wonderful restaurant and when I made them at home, they just didn't measure up.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Mexican food is always welcome in my kitchen and I love your tacos and the pineapple garnish.
Sam

Mary said...

These really look delicious and your recipe would make a great addition to my suddenly growing collection of Mexican recipes. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Susan said...

These look fantastic, Velva! I love the flavor combination.

Siddy Says said...

Hiya Velva!!
Coming back online after a LONG long blogging hiatus, and I can see how wonderfully you're doing! Good to see you going strong!
xx
Siddy
SiddySays SiddyDoes

Martha said...

This looks and sounds wonderful - and just made me really hungry by the way! YUM :)

Kim said...

I just watched someone make tacos al pastor on tv the other day and was curious about the pineapple. Yours look great!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

not sure but I think i could eat this every night of the week! AWESOME

Hungry Dog said...

Perfect hot weather food. Now, we just need some hot weather where I live!

theycallmejane said...

What a nice twist on our boring, ol' ground beef tacos. Thanks Vel!

Fresh Local and Best said...

I love how quick and easy this recipe is! Cold beer is only way to make this recipe even better.

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