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Salsa for
Tacos al Pastor

With this recipe we have an interesting situation because normally the Mexicans don’t put salsa to the tacos al pastor since the meat that is used in the tacos is marinated before is cooked. With this preparation process a meat that doesn’t require a salsa is obtained...

– However the
creativity of the Mexican cuisine has no limits and even for this type of dishes there is a salsa to give them even more flavor.

The salsa for tacos al pastor is the perfect complement of the tacos al pastor because it enhances all its flavor . In fact the salsa is very interesting because it combines to perfection with the adobo that is used in the meat preparation because both are prepared with pineapple juice. It is a slightly spicy salsa and you will love the touch that it gives.

Although this salsa specializes in tacos al pastor, don’t reduce its range of applications because it can also be used in almost any dish that has pork meat. The flavor that the salsa has combines very well with the
pork because it is sweet, hot and spiced.

About the Recipe

  • This recipe is a bit laborious but everything is easy to make.
  • The salsa is prepared with pineapple juice and if natural juice is used you will obtain better results.
  • In the preparation cumin is used and don’t use it in excess because it bitters.
  • 20 minutes are needed to make the recipe.
  • We give the recipe for 2 cups of salsa.


  • 3 Guajillo Peppers (1 oz)
  • 2 Ancho Peppers (.7 oz)
  • 1 Tomato (7 oz)
  • 1 Onion (5.2 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1 cup of Pineapple Juice (8.4 fl oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Griddle
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Kitchen Spoon
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Strainer
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    Cook and Roast

    1. Remove the veins and the seeds of 2 ancho peppers and 3 guajillo peppers.

    It is very important to remove the veins and the seeds of the chilies so the salsa has a softer texture.

    1. Put in a saucepan:
    • The 2 Ancho Peppers with the ones you worked.
    • The 3 Guajillo Peppers with the ones you worked.
    • The enough Water to cover all the chilies.

    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat and leave the chilies cooking in the boiling water for about 5 minutes, until they are soft.
    2. Transfer from the saucepan to a blender, with a kitchen spoon, the chilies that were cooked; then set aside.
    3. Put on a griddle over medium heat 1 tomato and roast it for about 5 minutes, until all their sides are moderately roasted; move it regularly with some tongs.
    4. Transfer from the griddle to the blender, with the tongs, the tomato that was roasted.

    Blend and Cook Again

    1. Also add in the blender, along with the other ingredients:
    • 1 Onion.
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • 1 teaspoon of Cumin.
    • 1 cup of Pineapple Juice.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients.
    2. Put in the saucepan:
    • The Mixture that was blended.
    • 4 Cloves.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix the saucepan ingredients.
    2. Cook over medium heat the salsa for tacos al pastor for about 4 minutes, until it thickens a little and acquires a more intense color; stir occasionally.
    3. Strain over a bowl the salsa for tacos al pastor.

    A Delicious Aroma

    * Since juice is used in the salsa preparation, it will only last 2 days.

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    Additional Info

    In this recipe a good strainer is needed.

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