Pork Tacos Al Pastor

I love this Pork Tacos Al Pastor recipe. Easy to make and great tasting tacos in 40 minutes. Perfect Game Day food.

pork tacos al pastor

Taco Tuesday! Ok, it’s Friday but who cares. It’s Taco Time! I’ve made so many different kinds of tacos over the years but this is the first time (I think) that I’ve made Pork Tacos Al Pastor.

pork tacos al pastor

If you are wondering what Al Pastor tacos are, it’s basically a pork tenderloin cooked with pineapple, onions and brown sugar. Sound yummy? It should because these Al Pastor Tacos are simply to die for.

pork tacos al pastor

If you’ve ever wondered what part of the pig the Loin comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?

pork cuts diagram

Cooking a glazed pork tenderloin like this can be a little tricky so I strongly suggest you use a meat thermometer.

You will want the center of the pork tenderloin to be at least 145°F.

If you don’t have a meat thermometer and often cook meat, I suggest you splurge and get yourself one to avoid serving undercooked meat.

pork tacos al pastor

For the most part, I prefer flour tortillas when having tacos. The wife prefers corn tortillas.

That’s why you will often see flour tortillas listed on the recipe card but often see corn tortillas in the pictures. The star of the show though is the pork filling.

pork tacos al pastor

A pound of pork will yield quite a few tacos. If you are feeding a large crowd then you have nothing to worry about.

But if you are cooking for two like we often do, you will most likely have some leftovers. I used some of the leftover pork in a quesadilla the next day. Yummy!

pork tacos al pastor

If you love Mexican Food as much as I do, you need the take a look at my collection Mexican Food Recipes. My Turkey Tomatillo and Bean Burrito is one of my favorites to make and EAT!

pork tacos al pastor

For planning purposes, you should plan for two tacos per person. Each taco will have approximately 2 ounces of meat plus toppings. For reference, one pound of ground beef will yield about 14 ounces once cooked.

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You will need the following ingredients to make this Pork Tacos Al Pastor recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Pork Tenderloin, Pineapple, Red Onion, Oil, Light Brown Sugar, Chipotle Pepper, Ground Cumin, Oregano Leaves, Salt and Tortillas.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place pork tenderloin on a foil-lined baking pan.
  3. Drain the can of pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of the juice.
  4. Arrange the pineapple and onions around pork in the pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the reserved pineapple juice and remaining ingredients, except for the tortillas. Glaze the pork with pineapple mixture.
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pork is to the desired doneness. Usually an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
  7. Remove from the oven. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut pork into thin strips and serve in warmed tortillas topped with pineapples and onions.

Printable Recipe Card

pork tacos al pastor

Pork Tacos Al Pastor

I love this Pork Tacos Al Pastor recipe. Easy to make and great tasting tacos in 40 minutes. Perfect Game Day food.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 Tacos
Calories 133 kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Dish
  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 20 oz Pineapple, Crushed
  • ¼ Cup Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ Tsp Chipotle Pepper
  • 1 ½ Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 ½ Tsp Fresh Oregano
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 6 Flour Tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Place pork tenderloin on a foil lined baking pan.
  • Drain the can of pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of the juice.
  • Arrange the pineapple and onions around pork in the pan.
  • In a small bowl, mix the reserved pineapple juice and remaining ingredients, except for the tortillas. Glaze the pork with pineapple mixture.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pork is to desired doneness. Usually an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
  • Remove from the oven. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Cut pork into thin strips and serve in warmed tortillas topped with pineapples and onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Peter says:

    Love these tacos. The pineapple in the taco gives it a great taste.