AL Pastor (Pork)

How to make AL Pastor (Pork)

This Taco is accompanied by bits of pineapple to give it a unique delicious bittersweet flavour. If you want to prepare this dish at home, then you can follow the below recipe that we have modified for your convenience. Before preparing this dish, you should arrange the required ingredients that you need during the preparation.


AL Pastor (pork) from Taco Palenque features pork and pieces of pine apple as its two main ingredients. Besides this, the dish also features a few other ingredients that you need to keep handy during the preparation.

  • 1 tomato
  • 3 dried guajillo chile peppers, seeded
  • 2 dried ancho chile peppers, seeded
  • 1 pineapple, sliced 3/4-inch thick
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin, thinly sliced


To Serve

  • Flour tortillas
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


Method of Preparation

  1. To prepare the recipe, cook tomato on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until it becomes slightly blackened, which will take you about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool until you can easily handle it. Peel off skin and remove its seeds.
  2. Now boil a small pot of water. Add guajillo and ancho chile pepper, cook until the peppers are a little softened, which will take you about 5 minutes. Drain the water and keep the peppers aside.
  3. Then combine tomato flesh, softened chile peppers, 2 slices pineapple, orange juice, quartered onion, vinegar, chipotle peppers, salt, garlic, cloves, cumin seeds, and oregano in a blender; blend until all the ingredients become smooth.
  4. Now arrange pork slices in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Then add the blended spices mixture over pork, while ensuring that all sides are evenly coated. Then cover the baking dish with plastic wrap.
  5. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for about 4 hours overnight.
  6. Then cook remaining pineapple slices on a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat until they are slightly blackened and soft, which will take you about 5 minutes per side. Then chop the pineapple into small pieces.
  7. Now wipe out the grill pan and preheat over medium-high heat and cook marinated pork in the hot pan, turning once, until browned, which will take you about 4 to 5 minutes.
  8. Chop pork coarsely into small pieces.
  9. To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas, add a spoonful of cooked pork, add pineapple, chopped onion, and cilantro. Then fold it into the shape of a taco and serve hot to enjoy.


Nutrition Facts

There are 310 calories in 1 serving of AL Pastor from Taco Palenque; most of the calories come from carbohydrate and fat. Let us discuss all the nutrients that we get from 1 serving of AL Pastor from Taco Palenque.

  • Serving Size (g): 1 taco (122g)
  • Calories: 310
  • Fat cal(g): 150
  • Fat (g): 17
  • Saturated fat: 7
  • Trans fat(g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 30
  • Sodium (mg): 710
  • Carbs (g): 25
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Sugar (g): 2
  • Prot (g): 16
  • Vit A %: 8%
  • Vit C %: 15%
  • Calcium%:2%
  • Iron %: 1%


* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Nutrition Facts Source:


Sandra D.

Corpus Christi, TX


First to Review

So we decided to visit the new taco place in town....

Won't be back

Not familiar with the menu and being really hungry not a good combo

To be fair, the food is ok. It's fast food but decent

The girl at the window very nice.

But the prices are outlandishly expensive. CRAZY!!

The Al Pastor plate is $14 and a quesadilla is 5 bucks.  A small, folded over tortilla with not much in it.  

Won't be back


Reviewed March 30, 2014

Taco Palenque-Great Food at Reasonable Price

Try the plate with tacos al pastor and charro beans! You won't be disappointed. Very tasty meat and tangy beans. We ate at the location southeast of downtown in the Gulf Gate I-45 and 610.

Date of visit: March 2014


Wes O.

Austin, TX


Have you ever eaten someplace so good that you've returned there the same day to eat there again and take someone else to experience it?  I hadn't before Sunday.  And Taco Palenque is that place.


I might've mentioned before that I'm not an egg fan, so having a breakfast option on Sunday morning while returning to Austin from San Antonio caused me to finally try Taco Palenque.  My experience on Sunday morning caused me to return on Sunday evening for dinner -- and bring Mom along.


Now, let's discuss the reasons.

1) Tacos.  Over the course of two meals, I've tried four different tacos. The sirloin taco on a flour tortilla is first rate.  It's similar to a fajita taco, but chopped.  The beef fajita taco on a flour tortilla may be the best "fast food" interpretation I've had.  Good quality steak that's seasoned and cooked to perfection.  The chicken fajita taco on a flour tortilla is similarly amazing. However, the best taco I experienced was the pork al pastor taco on a corn tortilla.  The pork rubbed in adobo seasoning and pineapple is sublime.  The corn tortilla was thick and soft, although it had some challenges standing up to the sheer quantity of pork in the taco.  (Fair warning, I normally have an unhealthy appetite and two tacos were more than capable of filling me up...)  Mom also complimented the guacamole as some of the best around.

2) Salsa/condiment bar. This little salsa/condiment bar is deceiving.  It looks small, but it's got a larger variety than any other salsa bar I've seen.  There's several salsas, the usual cilantro, onions, and limes.  There's pico de gallo (which Mom raved about).  And there are other surprises as  well, including radishes and cucumber slices.  The best bonus is a self-serve area for tostada chips nearby.  That's right -- Taco Palenque basically includes chips and salsa with every meal, just like a sit down Tex-Mex restaurant.

3) Service.  Many fast food places fail at service.  Taco Palenque doesn't fail.  Both times, the staff were beyond friendly.  They bring your food out quickly. And unlike a lot of fast food options, the team here keeps the salsa/condiment bar clean and well stocked.  Sunday evening, we saw staff returning to the salsa bar several times to refill items that were barely even half empty.

In short, if you want authentic taqueria tacos that are quick and with a variety of options, you owe it to yourself to make the drive to Taco Palenque.  I'll put it this way.  This location in New Braunfels is the closest location to my house in Austin.  And I'll be driving here regularly to satisfy my taco cravings.  Further, any time I am going to or from San Antonio, I'll be stopping here.

The Most Popular Queries

Can I use any other meat instead of pork in AL Pastor Taco?


Ans: Yes, you can use chicken instead of pork in the AL Pastor taco. Interestingly, Taco Palenque offers both chicken and pork options for AL Pastor Taco. Moreover, using chicken will save your time. You do not need to marinate it for so long. Just marinate the chicken for 3-4 hours and you are good to go.

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