Tacos al Pastor
Updated: Aug 25
Here's an idea for #TacoTuesday. I have always loved Tacos al Pastor (Mexican-spiced pork) and I was happy to see that they had some pork in the meat section already spiced as al Pastor and cut into small pieces.
What is "Al pastor"?
I didn't realize that Tacos al Pastor are the Mexican cousin to Shawarma and brought to Mexico via Lebanese immigrants. Lots of similarities around the world.
Al pastor (from Spanish, "shepherd style"), also known as tacos al pastor, is a taco made with spit-grilled pork. Based on the lamb shawarma brought by Lebanese immigrants to Mexico,al pastor features a flavor palate that combines traditional Middle Eastern spices with those indigenous to central Mexico. It is a popular street food that has spread to the United States. In some places of northern Mexico, as in Baja California, it is known as taco de adobada. A similar dish from Puebla with different spices istacos árabes.
If you're interested in making your own Tacos al Pastor, here's a recipe:
Here's a blurry photo (Oops, haha!) of the package of pork made especially for Al Pastor Tacos! Tacos! Tacos! :)
I cooked the meat in a pan with some oil (no pic). I made the tacos with homemade tortillas from Houseof Yumm recipe. I put some raw onions on there for crunch and it's how Tacos al pastor are typically served. I also added some fresh basil from my urban garden (see link; didn't have cilantro) for some freshness. Yum!
Give it a try! We are good at this!