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Pork Tacos al Pastor

Pork Tacos al Pastor with Pineapple Salsa

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Taco night just got very real. Inspired by traditional Mexican tacos al pastor, these are streamlined for easy home prep. Pork is marinated in spices and pineapple for a sweet and tangy flavor combo, then pan-seared to perfection. Topped with a refreshing pineapple salsa and garnished with bright lime wedges, this dish moves Taco Tuesday to the top of life’s priority list.
  • < 600 Calories
  • Spicy
Serving size
2servings
Prep & cook time
minutes
Cooking Skill
medium
By Chef Michelle

By Chef Michelle

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • garlic
    • 2 cloves
    • garlic
  • Onion Yellow Medium Local
    • 1
    • Onion Yellow Medium Local
  • cubed pineapple
    • 1 1/2 cup
    • cubed pineapple
  • limes
    • 2
    • limes
  • fresh mint
    • 1/8 ounce
    • fresh mint
  • Thai chile
    • 1
    • Thai chile
  • white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup
    • white vinegar
  • granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon
    • granulated sugar
  • achiote paste
    • 1 tablespoon
    • achiote paste
  • boneless pork chops
    • 10 ounces
    • boneless pork chops
  • corn tortillas
    • 6
    • corn tortillas

What You’ll Need

  • large resealable plastic bag (optional)
  • 10" medium pan

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare Ingredients

    Prepare Ingredients

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Mince garlic. Peel onion, halve, and thinly slice ½; cut remainder into small dice. Finely chop ½ cup pineapple cubes, leaving remainder whole. Halve 1 lime; cut other into 6 wedges. Rinse mint and roughly chop leaves, discarding stems. Rinse Thai chile, halve, and using a knife tip, discard seeds. Mince as much as desired.
  2. Marinate Pork

    Marinate Pork

    In a large shallow bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine white vinegar, sugar, achiote paste, garlic, diced onion, chopped pineapple, and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Pat pork dry with paper towel, add to bowl, and turn to coat. Set aside to marinate at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Make Salsa and Warm Tortillas

    Make Salsa and Warm Tortillas

    While pork marinates, stir together as much sliced onion as desired, juice of 1 lime, mint, minced Thai chile, and remaining pineapple in a large bowl. Taste and add salt as needed. Place in refrigerator to chill until ready to use. Stack tortillas, wrap in foil, and place in oven to warm for about 10 minutes.
  4. Sear Pork

    Sear Pork

    While tortillas warm, season pork all over with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Heat ½ tablespoon canola oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add pork and marinade and sear until pork is cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until marinade is reduced by ½, 1-2 minutes more. Remove pork from pan, reserving marinade in pan. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. Season Pork

    Season Pork

    Add ¼ cup water to pan with marinade over medium heat and cook, stirring, until reduced by ⅓, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. Cut pork into ¼-inch slices, return to pan, and toss to coat.
  6. Plate Tacos al Pastor

    Plate Tacos al Pastor

    Top tortillas with pork and salsa. Garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy tacos al pastor and imagine you're in Mexico.
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