AL Pastor Taco

How to make AL Pastor (Pork)

AL Pastor Taco from Chronic Taco features seasoned marinated pork, pineapple pieces, and cilantro, all wrapped in a flour taco. 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 Chronic Taco 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 ¾ -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
  • cilantro
  • 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 320 calories in 1 serving of AL Pastor from Chronic Taco; 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 Chronic Taco.

  • Serving Size: 1 taco 
  • Calories: 320
  • Calories from Fat: 130
  • Total Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Trans Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 330
  • Total Carbohydrates (g): 30
  • Dietary Fiber (g): 4
  • Sugars (g); 4
  • Protein (g): 16


* 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:


Regina L.

Mililani, HI


We stopped here before heading over to Brenden Theatres to watch Lion King. Wanted a quick bite and its super convenient that the Palms has a food court right as you enter the theater.


Chronic Tacos was our choice and they can be compared to a Chipotle. Choices of burritos, bowls, tacos, different fillings and toppings choices. My husband and I went with the two taco plate that comes with choice of rice and beans (spanish & white, refried & black)

I at first had wanted the surf & turf burrito but was sadly dissapointed that they were out of the shrimp for it and they were also out of fish. Hubbys choice was the steak for an additional 0.50 for each taco while i had the carnitas and al pastor. Both meat selections were awesome, i was pleasantly surprised. They had tons of toppings to choose from but sadly no guacamole or avocado!!!!! Sad face!!!!! That would've made my meal 100% better. Everything was really good and we would definitely eat there again for the decent prices vs. movie theater prices.


Ann A.

Manhattan Beach, CA


I came here for convenience because it was 2:00 PM and I still did not eat lunch and needed to pick up some things at Whole Foods next door. I was pleasantly surprised and converted fan. I've only seen this place and have never hear anyone talk about it. So I figured why not.


The set up is like Chipotle - Subway, meaning, that you build your own menu item (taco, bowl, burrito etc). It was my first time so I thought I would try 3 different meats, chicken, carne asada and al pastor. Out of the 3, I would order the chicken and al pastor again, hands down. Carne asada was good, but not great.


I loved the vibe that it has. Growning up in So Cal and the beach, it gave that casual California vibe. Even the people that work there gave the vibe of them either coming or going to the beach.


I am now a fan and will be looking forward to my next visit.


Dave N.

Glendale, CA


Another Living Social find. Got a decent coupon and headed out for dinner after a nostalgic afternoon in the old Belmont Shore stomping grounds. Pretty typical mex-fast food menu, but much better than typical food (and much higher than typical prices.)


Flautas were surprisingly good. Anything with al pastor in the name will be worth eating. Looking forward to going back and trying the fajita burrito.


Definitely recommended


April R.

Westminster, CA


Move over Chipotle here comes Chronic Taco!! Al Pastor here rocks. Black beans, refried pinto and regular pinto beans are all tasty. Spanish and white rice are always good too. Tortas, tacos, burritos and fried potato tacos are delicious.Their green chile salsa is kinda spicy just like I like.

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Aliso Viejo, CA ( Chronic tacos, the leading authentic Mexican fast-casual restaurant since 2002, announced the grand opening of its new location in Rialto, California on Friday, September 17th. This addition will be the 31st Chronic Taco location in California 1103 W Casmalia St. Rialto, California 92377, reports by Restaurant Observer.

“Despite the setbacks we’ve all experienced over the past year, Chronic Tacos has seen steady growth and we are thrilled to bring Taco Life to Rialto,” said Michael Mohammed, CEO of Chronic Tacos. “At Chronic Tacos, our goal is to provide our customers with the best ingredients and service that will continue throughout our expansion.”


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