Easy Tacos al Pastor

easy pork tacos al pastor

 

I had to make these tacos twice in the last week because I thought they were so good.  That, and I had to confirm the first time was not a fluke.  The first run at this happened on a Friday night with more than a few beers, so I had to make sure the wife and I were not dreaming when we thought they were friggin awesome!  I love tacos al pastor, but here in Des Moines you cannot get those right down the street.  You have to find a sketchy neighborhood with a taco truck or pay up for the ‘fancy’ authentic mexican joints downtown.  So, I was thrilled when this impromptu experiment turned out for this Easy Tacos al Pastor recipe.  You will love the contrasting spiciness of the pork with the fruity citrus of the pineapple.  It is a must try.

The basic rundown is this….

Slice up and pound out strips of pork tenderloin (not pork loin… there is a difference)

pork tenderloin for easy tacos al pastor

 

flattening pork tenderloin for easy tacos al pastor

Season the heck out of the pork with Hot Lov’n Rub and marinate in olive oil and pineapple juice for an hour

pork tenderloin rub for easy tacos al pastor

Chargrill on high heat for 3-4 minutes a side

grilling pork tenderloin strips for easy tacos al pastor

 

seared and grilled pork tenderloin for easy tacos al pastor

Heat up tortillas with olive oil over the grill or on a pan

Top with sour cream, sliced tomatoes, pineapple, and cilantro (onion & avocado if you like)

easy tacos al pastor

 

easy tacos al pastor

 

I hope you enjoy this easy recipe…. Let me know if you try it!

 

Easy Tacos al Pastor

The basic rundown is this.... Slice up and pound out strips of pork tenderloin Season the heck out of the pork and marinate in olive oil and pineapple juice for an hour Chargrill on high heat for 3-4 minutes a side Heat up tortillas with olive oil over the grill or on a pan Top with sour cream, sliced tomatoes, pineapple, and cilantro (onion & avocado if you like)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 3
Author Keegan

Ingredients

  • 1-1.5 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 8 oz Can of Pinnapple "Chunks" or "Tid Bits" in unsweetened natural juice
  • 2.5 Tablespoons Hot Lov'n BBQ Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 10 Tortillas flour or corn
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • Sour Cream
  • Cherry Tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Slice up the pork tenderloin into 4 pieces, and pound out the strips of pork tenderloin, flattening the pork tenderloin into pieces about 1/2 - 3/4" thick
  2. Season the heck out of the pork on each side with Hot Lov'n Rub
  3. Place pork in a casserole dish and drizzle olive oil over the pork. Mix together to coat the pork with the olive oil.
  4. Add 1/2 can of pineapple juice to pork as a marinade. Mix together. Marinate for 1 hour in fridge.
  5. Prepare taco toppings - quarter the tomatoes and chop up the cilantro. Set the sour cream out to soften while grilling
  6. Grill pork over very high heat (over 500 F) for 3-4 minutes a side. Longer to char the pork if needed.  Take off the grill when the internal temperature is 145 F. 

  7. Rub a small amount of olive oil on each side of tortillas and place on grill for approximately 20 sec a side depending on grill temperature

  8. Assemble tacos and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add more or less cayenne depending on spice tolerance

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Hi, my name is Keegan Lare and I love to create delicious grilled and smoked food, bursting with bold flavors. I also love to see my friends and family try something tasty and new. It is in this spirit that I created Seared & Smoked.

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