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.
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: al pastor tacos, pork tacos, tacos
Taco Al Pastor
2-3lbcenter cut pork chops
1/2capple juice concentrate
1/4capple cider vinegar
2New Mexico chiliesdried
2chipotle chiliesin adobo
warm corn tortillas
feta or cotija
salsa; recipe below
kosher saltto 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.
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.