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Make this street taco popular in Mexico in your own kitchen

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-20 15:51:05-04

Smith's Chef Jeff Jackson Recipe

Tacos Al Pastor
For the Meat:
4 lbs. boneless country style pork ribs
3 guajillo chiles, dried
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 c. lime juice
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. Mexican oregano
2 tsp. cumin
2 oz. achiote paste
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper

For Serving:
1 pineapple cut into slices and grilled
1/4 c. cilantro, separated into leaves
1 red onion, sliced thinly
2 limes cut into wedges


1. Prepare the pork by cutting the ribs into thin strips. Place the pork into a large zip bag or bowl. Boil 2 cups of water in the microwave. Add the dried chiles to a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let them soak 5 minutes. Take out the chiles and slice them in half lengthwise to remove the seeds and stems.

2. Add the chiles to a blender along with the orange and lime juices, onion, cinnamon, and pepper. Blend until smooth. If the paste is too thick, add a little of the water used to rehydrate the peppers. Pour the marinade over the pork, mix everything together well. Place it into the fridge and let it marinate at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. Remove the meat 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat your grill to med-high heat. Grill for 7-8 minutes per side or until they are slightly charred. Serve the meat on warmed tortillas with grilled pineapple, cilantro leaves, a few green onions and lime wedges. Enjoy!

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