Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Description: Tacos al Pastor are a tantalizing blend of tradition and innovation. Originating in Mexico City, these street-style tacos are a delightful fusion of Lebanese shawarma and Mexican flavors. Here's what makes them irresistible:

  1. Marinated Pork: Thin slices of marinated pork are stacked on a vertical spit, similar to shawarma. The marinade typically includes achiote (annatto), guajillo chilies, garlic, and other spices. As the meat roasts, it becomes tender, juicy, and infused with rich flavors.

  2. The Vertical Grill: The vertical spit, known as a "trompo," rotates slowly, allowing the outer layer of pork to caramelize and develop crispy edges. The aroma wafting from the grill is downright intoxicating.

  3. Pineapple Magic: Tacos al Pastor wouldn't be complete without a slice of fresh pineapple. As the meat cooks, the pineapple is placed on top, allowing its juices to drip down and mingle with the pork. The sweet-tangy balance is perfection.

  4. Tortillas and Toppings: The marinated pork is shaved off the trompo and piled onto small corn tortillas. Top with finely chopped white onion, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. For an extra kick, add a drizzle of salsa (red or green) and a sprinkle of crumbled queso fresco.

  5. Savor Every Bite: Take that first bite, and you'll experience a symphony of flavors: smoky, savory, slightly sweet, and a hint of heat. It's like a fiesta in your mouth!

  6. Pairing: Tacos al Pastor pair beautifully with a cold glass of horchata (a sweet rice drink) or a Mexican soda.