This quick oven-baked version of classic tacos al pastor captures the rich saucy smoky flavors of the traditional recipe in your very own kitchen. | On Ty's Plate
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Oven-baked Tacos Al Pastor

This quick oven-baked version of classic tacos al pastor captures the rich saucy smoky flavors of the traditional recipe in your very own kitchen. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Marinade2 hrs
Total Time50 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: al pastor tacos, pork tacos, tacos
Servings: 6 430
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Ty



  • Taco Al Pastor
  • 2-3 lb center cut pork chops
  • 1/2 lg white onion
  • 1/2 c apple juice concentrate
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 2 guajillo chilies dried
  • 2 New Mexico chilies dried
  • 3 ├írbol chilies dried
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For Serving

  • warm corn tortillas
  • feta or cotija
  • cilantro leaves
  • salsa; recipe below

Jalapeno Salsa

  • 1/2 lg white onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 lg lime
  • kosher salt to taste


  • Remove stems and seeds from dried chilies and cut widthwise into 4ths. Grind peppers in a spice mill or food processor until powder like. Add peppers, apple juice concentrate, 1/2 of the white onion, garlic, and remaining ingredient to blender or food processor and process until smooth and a bright reddish orange color.
  • Place pork chops in baking dish and pour mixture over pork to marinade in the fridge for 2 to 6 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 450. Remove pork from the fridge and bring to room temp.
  • Bake uncovered on the top rack for 25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees. Turn oven to broil and allow the tops and sauce to charr for another 5-6 minutes. 
  • Slice into 1/2 inch slices and toss with cooked pan sauce. Serve on warmed corn tortillas with jalapeno salsa.

Jalapeno Salsa

  • Add finely diced jalapenos and remaining 1/2 of the white onions into a mixing bowl. Toss with a 1/2 bunch of minced fresh cilantro, the juice of 1/2 a lime, and kosher salt to taste. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 2.4mg