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.



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Pork Tacos Al Pastor

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Easy Pork Al Pastor Tacos With Pineapple Salsa


Skinny Slow Cooker Pork Al Pastor Tacos

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 332kcal
I love the flavor Taco Al Pastor. Unfortunately, I don't have a spit or the time needed to make it the traditional way.
While not authentic Pork Al Pastor this recipe is packed with all the flavors of traditional Pork Al Pastor without all the fuss. Charred pineapple paired with chipotle peppers
Using a slow cooker and a pork tenderloin instead of the traditional pork shoulder makes it easy for me to serve Pork Taco Al Pastor anytime.
If you love the flavor of Al Pastor give it a try. It may not be authentic but it sure is yummy!
Print Recipe


  • 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

Pineapple Salsa

  • 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.

Pineapple Salsa

  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with pork tacos al pastor.


Nutritional information is based on two tacos or tostadas per person with about 3 oz of pork.
**Optional toppings are not included in the nutritional information.
Pineapple salsa will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for 5 - 7 days.
Pork will stay fresh for 2 - 3 days in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container - My guess is it won't last that long.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1039mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2804IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4mg
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Pork Al Pastor perfectly pairs sweet pineapple with smokey chipotles. Using a slow cooker may not be authentic but it makes it easy to serve pork Al Pastor tacos for taco Tuesday or any day. via @mermaidsandmojitos
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