Al Pastor Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

  • Yield : 6 to 8 servings
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 15m
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  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1 white onion, half roughly chopped, half finely diced
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled and cored, half rough chopped, half cut into wedges
  • One 4-pound pork butt
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
  • Corn tortillas, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, to garnish
  • Grilled lime wedges, to garnish
  • Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa, recipe follows
  • 6 medium tomatillos, husked (about 8 ounces each)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves


Step 1

To a blender, add the orange juice, vinegar, chili powder, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, chiles, adobo sauce, chopped onions and chopped pineapple. Blend until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large resealable bag, and add the pork butt and oregano. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 3

Remove the pork butt from the marinade and set onto a rack set in a roasting pan. Pour the chicken stock into the bottom of the pan and cover the dish with foil. Roast until an internal thermometer reads 185 degrees F, about 4 hours.

Step 4

Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F and cook for an additional 20 minutes to caramelize the pork. Remove from the oven and rest for 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the pineapple wedges with vegetable oil, grill 2 to 3 minutes per side, and once cool enough to handle chop into a small dice.

Step 6

When ready to serve, carve the meat into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices. Serve the pork in warmed corn tortillas; garnish with the remaining finely diced white onion, cilantro, lime wedges, diced grilled pineapple and Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa.

Step 7

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 8

Toss the tomatillos with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet. Roast until nicely charred, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Step 9

Combine the tomatillos, 1/4 cup water, cumin, salt, avocado, garlic, jalapenos, onions, lime juice and cilantro in a blender and puree until completely smooth. Place in the refrigerator and allow the sauce to settle before serving.

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