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Al Pastor Tacos with Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 9 hr 15 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1/2 cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 chipotle chiles in adobo, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce

1 white onion, half roughly chopped, half finely diced

1/2 pineapple, peeled and cored, half rough chopped, half cut into wedges

One 4-pound pork butt

3 sprigs fresh oregano

1 cup chicken stock

Vegetable oil, as needed

Corn tortillas, for serving

Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, to garnish

Grilled lime wedges, to garnish

Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa, recipe follows

Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa:

6 medium tomatillos, husked (about 8 ounces each)

Extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed and coarsely chopped

1/2 sweet onion, roughly chopped

Juice of 2 limes

2 cups fresh cilantro leaves


  1. To a blender, add the orange juice, vinegar, chili powder, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, chiles, adobo sauce, chopped onions and chopped pineapple. Blend until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large resealable bag, and add the pork butt and oregano. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Remove the pork butt from the marinade and set onto a rack set in a roasting pan. Pour the chicken stock into the bottom of the pan and cover the dish with foil. Roast until an internal thermometer reads 185 degrees F, about 4 hours.
  4. Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F and cook for an additional 20 minutes to caramelize the pork. Remove from the oven and rest for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the pineapple wedges with vegetable oil, grill 2 to 3 minutes per side, and once cool enough to handle chop into a small dice.
  6. When ready to serve, carve the meat into 1/4- to 1/2-inch slices. Serve the pork in warmed corn tortillas; garnish with the remaining finely diced white onion, cilantro, lime wedges, diced grilled pineapple and Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa.

Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Salsa:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Toss the tomatillos with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on a baking sheet. Roast until nicely charred, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. Combine the tomatillos, 1/4 cup water, cumin, salt, avocado, garlic, jalapenos, onions, lime juice and cilantro in a blender and puree until completely smooth. Place in the refrigerator and allow the sauce to settle before serving.