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Traditional Mexican Pork Tacos (Tacos Al Pastor)

Pump up your Mexican or taco party with a taste of traditional Mexican pork tacos! Grab your stainless steel taco holders and start prepping!
Course Appetizer, Finger Food, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican pork tacos, traditional tacos
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10


  • 5 lbs boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 tbsp achiote paste
  • 2 tbsp guajillo chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 pineapple cut into 1-inch rounds
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 limes cut into wedges


  • Slice the pork shoulder into 1/2 inch slices and place in a bowl.
  • Add the achiote paste, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, vinegar, and pineapple juice. Mix well until free of lumps and to coat all the pork shoulder pieces.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours to marinate.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Get your baking pan and line it with parchment paper.
  • Remove the marinated pork from the fridge and evenly arrange it in the baking sheet along with 2 slices of pineapples.
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hour or until the pork is slightly charred and the pineapples are roasted.
  • Assemble the tacos by putting pork pieces, pineapple, onions, cilantro, diced avocado, and salsa. Serve with lime wedges.