Skinny Pork Al Pastor Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Pork Al Pastor Recipe
Pork Al Pastor is one of my absolute favorite taco fillings, it’s the perfect pairing of sweet pineapple with smokey chipotles and a little bit of heat. So good.
Unfortunately, the long slow cooking process of a pork shoulder has always made this a special occasion recipe.
This recipe makes it super easy to enjoy Pork Al Pastor any night of the week by using a slow cooker. Just set-it-and-forget-it.
This skinny-ed down version of Pork Al Pastor may not be the authentic, cooked all day over a spit Al Pastor that we all love – but it is just as good and you can serve this any night of the week.
As a bonus, we’ve shaved some calories from the traditional Al Pastor to fit into any healthy lifestyle.
Taco Tuesday will never be the same.
Pork Tacos Al Pastor
Easy Pork Al Pastor Tacos With Pineapple Salsa
Skinny Slow Cooker Pork Al Pastor Tacos
- 3 lbs pork tenderloin
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- 7 oz chipotles salsa - (San Marcos) or 2 chipotles with 2 T of adobo sauce
- 1 fresh pineapple - peeled and cored, then roughly chopped, to enhance the flavor char the pineapple on the grill to caramelize
- 1 small red onion - cut in half and sliced
- 3 T Mexican chili powder
- 2 T fresh lime juice
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 t pink sea salt - or any other salt
- 1 t black pepper - fresh ground
- 1 t ground cumin
- corn tortillas or baked tostadas - for serving, recipe for baked tostadas
- optional toppings - sour cream, crumbled Cojita cheese(extra) diced fresh pineapple salsa, chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped red onions, diced avocado, thinly-sliced pickled radishes
- 1.5 C fresh pineapple - diced - don't use canned
- 1 C Roma tomatoes - finely chopped
- 2 T red onion - finely chopped
- 1/2 C red or yellow bell pepper - seeded and finely diced
- 1 fresh jalapeño pepper - seeded and minced
- 2 T fresh lime juice
- .25 C cilantro - fresh, coarsely chopped
Pork Al Pastor
- Cut the pork tenderloin into 4-inch cubes.
- Place red onion slices on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add pork into the slow cooker.
- In a food processor, add the chipotle salsa, pineapple, red onion, chili powder, lime juice, salt, cumin, garlic, and black pepper to a blender or food processor.
- Puree until the mixture is completely smooth, about 30-60 seconds.
- Add pineapple juice and blend until it is evenly combined.
- Pour the mixture on top of the pork, and toss until the pork is evenly coated.
- Cook on high for 6 hours, or on low for 8 - 10 hours until the pork, is completely tender and shreds easily with a fork.
- Use two forks to shred the pork, then transfer to a serving platter.
- Serve warm on tortillas or baked tostadas, garnished with optional toppings as desired.
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with pork tacos al pastor.