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Tacos Al Pastor

World Taco Day on 4 October is all the encouragement we need to indulge in a tasty taco, or two! This recipe for Tacos Al Pastor is based on the popular central Mexican dish and features marinated pork topped with pineapple. It’s a wonderful melding of sweet and savoury flavours, that will leave you wanting more.

How long will it take?

20 minutes, plus marinating time

What’s the serving size?

Serves 6


What do I need?

  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp smoky paprika
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 kg pork loin steaks
  • 12 tortillas, warmed
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and roughly diced
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, finely chopped

How do I make it?

  1. Make marinade by adding garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, honey, pineapple juice, vinegar, and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. Pour cooled marinade ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add pork steaks to a large bowl and cover with marinade. Toss to ensure pork is well coated, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat barbecue grill or non-stick frying pan to medium high heat. Add pork and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.
  4. Roughly chop pork into bite sized pieces, then serve it on tortillas topped with pineapple and coriander.

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