Get the crispy, charred taste of Tacos al Pastor at home with this easy 10-ingredient marinade recipe inspired by the classic spit-grilled Mexican favorite. Tender pieces of pork are coated in a blend of chiles, spices, sweet pineapple, and beer then grilled until slightly charred. -[ultimate-recipe-jump]
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Are you planning that first big cookout of the season like we are? After months of hiding from the cold weather we can’t wait to get our friends together for a day of good food, outdoor games, and a cold Modelo Especial®! In my opinion some of the best party recipes have 10-ingredients or less. Which means the items on our southwest inspired menu, including my easy Tacos al Pastor, fit that bill!
The best part of entertaining in our new home in Ohio is combining popular midwest games and activities with spicy eats inspired by my husband’s Mexican-American culture. It’s the perfect party mashup all our friends love! Since moving here Paul has become a cornhole fanatic so he is organizing a tournament among our friends for the cookout. He even made a half regulation size set we travel with! You can bet I will be competing which means our menu needs to be simple as well as a delicious crowdpleaser!
Tacos al Pastor Recipe
We indulged in authentic Mexican Tacos al Pastor while in Arizona on recent trip to visit family. I knew right away I wanted to recreate the recipe at home with my own twist. Adding Modelo Especial to the pork marinade was a genius idea! Modelo Especial is a crisp, refreshing full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with hints of orange blossom honey that pair perfectly with the pineapple in the marinade. This beer is brewed with a fighting spirit and has been a part of Mexican culture since it’s beginning in 1925. Since then it is rapidly becoming a favored import beer here in America!
My favorite part about this Tacos al Pastor recipe is you can make a big batch on the grill to feed a crowd. Or you can whip it up in the kitchen for a quick meal during the week. Traditional al pastor is slow roasted on a rotisserie spit to get a crispy, charred taste. We get a similar flavor by cooking strips of marinated pork on the grill or in a cast iron skillet!
Keep the toppings simple so the bold flavor of the pork shines through. Chopped white onion, cilantro, and lime is the classic choice. Or you can try my simple Pineapple Salsa which mirrors many of the flavors in the Tacos al Pastor marinade!
What other summer recipes are you going to pair with Modelo Especial?!
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Easy 10-Ingredient Tacos Al Pastor Marinade Recipe
- 2-3 pound boneless pork shoulder cut into 1/2 inch strips
- corn tortillas
For the marinade
- 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple with juice
- 1/2 cup beer
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 large white onion roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 large navel orange juiced
- 2 tbsp diced chipotles in adobo sauce
- 2 tbsp guajillo chile powder substitute ancho or regular chile powder
- 1 tbsp Mexican oregano substitute regular oregano
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- Chopped white onion optional for garnish
- Chopped cilantro optional for garnish
- limes wedges optional for garnish
- Pineapple salsa optional for garnish
- Place pork strips in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag, set aside.
- Add all marinade ingredient to a blender. Pulse until completely blended.
- Pour chile mixture over pork, coat completely. Marinate at least 1 hour. Sauce can be prepared ahead of time and pork marinaded in the refrigerator overnight.
- Preheat lightly oiled grill or cast iron skillet to medium high heat.
- Working in batches remove pork from chile sauce, lightly shake off excess marinade. Cook pork strips until tender and slightly charred, approximately 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Chop pork into bite sized pieces. Serve with charred corn tortillas and desired toppings.