These tacos are really famous in Mexico. All the taquerias in Mexico have the famous “spinning top" – where the pastor meat is.
It is such a show to see how these tacos are prepared. The taquero cuts the meat from the spinning top, he lets it fall on tortillas and then from the superior part of the spinning top he cuts and throws a pineapple chunk through the air to catch it with the taco. It is lots of fun we strongly recommend it!
It is said that these tacos are the result of the adaptation of the “shawarma", which is an Arab dish that consists of placing lamb or beef portions to roast in a vertical position and at the end is eaten in a pita. In the Middle East it was the shepherds (pastores) who initiated this peculiar way of preparing the meat and that’s how it got its name.
This recipe was brought to Mexico by the Lebanese in the 60’s. They marinated lamb meat in spices, it was cooked and then it was put in pitas. This type of taco is known as Oriental tacos, which are very famous in Puebla.
Well, the Mexicans upon seeing this recipe they did the Mexican version... the lamb meat was replaced for pork meat. Instead of marinating the meat in spices it was marinated in a type of adobo salsa and it was put on corn tortillas. Giving birth to the tacos al pastor.
About the Recipe
Preparing the tacos al pastor is fun because making the salsa is a whole ritual. Then you have to be patient while the meat marinates and at the end the tacos are made.
To make the tacos al pastor any pork cut can be used, we recommend loin or leg.
The salsa of these tacos is prepared with achiote paste and if you want you can prepare it with us. We guarantee that it will have more flavor and color than any other.
The tacos al pastor have pineapple, we recommend using fresh pineapple. Although if you don’t find it pineapple in syrup can also be used.
The preparation time is of and the marinade of 8 hours.