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2004/09/15 06:17:33 (permalink)

Tacos Al Pastor

Anyone know where I might find a MidWestern establishment that serves this item?

I happened onto a taqueria in Tijauna that served the most amazing tacos. It consisted of strips of thinly sliced pork, layered on a vertical rotisserie with some kind of red pepper sauce (annato I believe) inbetween each layer. On top of the stack of pork was a pineapple slice. My friends all went to view the alleged entertainment, while I stayed behind and gained 10 or 20 pounds.

I'd also be interested in an authentic recipe. The ones I have found on the Net are mostly reverse engineered and lacking something.

TIA
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    BT
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/15 18:09:45 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by rextaboogy

    Anyone know where I might find a MidWestern establishment that serves this item?

    I happened onto a taqueria in Tijauna that served the most amazing tacos. It consisted of strips of thinly sliced pork, layered on a vertical rotisserie with some kind of red pepper sauce (annato I believe) inbetween each layer. On top of the stack of pork was a pineapple slice. My friends all went to view the alleged entertainment, while I stayed behind and gained 10 or 20 pounds.

    I'd also be interested in an authentic recipe. The ones I have found on the Net are mostly reverse engineered and lacking something.

    TIA


    Practically every taqueria in San Francisco offers al pastor among its selection of meats available for tacos, burritos etc. but I can't help you in the Midwest. Al pastor itself just means marinated pork, I believe. The sauce, pineapple etc would have been a local version. Possibly you could ask for it that way but I doubt it would be the same. "Annato", by the way, has nothing to do with peppers or sauce. It is a seed which, when ground up, gives anything an intense yellow color. Hispanic cooks tend to use it as a substitute for the very expensive saffron.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/15 18:13:19 (permalink)
    Well, guess what. Just for grins I googled "al pastor" and the first link that came up gives not only a recipe for a Mexico City version, but mentions the pineapple on top too. Also, there were a number of other links with recipes down the list. So here's #1 and you can go for the rest yourself:

    http://www.batista.org/pastor.html
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/15 21:34:23 (permalink)
    The best place that I know of is--

    Tacos San Pedro
    2301 S. W. 44th Street
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    405-682-1179

    Take I-44 to S.W. 44th exit, go east about 1 mile, on the North side of 44th Street. ( Left side)

    I was there this morning, I love this place.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/16 01:44:28 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by rextaboogy

    Anyone know where I might find a MidWestern establishment that serves this item?


    It would be a little bit of a drive for you (about 180 miles), but Restaurant Puebla in West Minneapolis shows both Taco de Pastor (under A la Carte) and Burrito de Al Pastor (under Burritos) on their website menu: http://www.restaurantpuebla.com/ourmenu/
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/16 01:54:57 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by rextaboogy

    Anyone know where I might find a MidWestern establishment that serves this item?


    It would be a little bit of a drive for you (about 180 miles), but Restaurant Puebla in West Minneapolis shows both Taco de Pastor (under A la Carte) and Burrito de Al Pastor (under Burritos) on their website menu: http://www.restaurantpuebla.com/ourmenu/


    Thanks 6star for the tip on Restaurant Peubla. Thanks to BT for the recipe. And thanks to Ralph for the OK City tip. My father lives in Springfield MO, so the next time I am down there, I may hop over to check this place out.

    Thanks again,
    Rex
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2004/09/16 11:18:09 (permalink)
    I used to eat taco's Al Pastor regularly in little taquerias on 26th street in Chicago. Unfortunately the only name I can remember is one in Westmont Illinois, The "Taco Express and Salsa Bar" on Ogden Avenue. I remember them all as very good.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/05/26 17:43:54 (permalink)
    There is a great little spot in Tulsa, OK called Cancun, They make a great pastor burrito. A nice, spicy pork with rice and beans for about 6 bucks, this is a large burrito that is wonderful. Cancun is at 8th and Lewis I think. my favorite place to eat in Tulsa, we eat there when we leave the Rio Grande Valley and visit family.

    Paul
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/11/13 00:19:43 (permalink)
    El Pueblito, recently referred to as #1 Mexican restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, has authentic tacos el Pastor.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/11/13 11:46:47 (permalink)
    Tres Hermanos in Milwaukee are my favorite but no pineapple there
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/11/14 11:10:08 (permalink)
    I don't remember for certain, but Casa Grande here in Columbia MO very likely serves them on weekends when they have their more ethnic Mexmex menu.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/11/14 20:45:38 (permalink)
    Not trying to make you jealous rextaboogy but, it's hard to find a place in Chicago that DOESN'T serve tacos al pastor! In fact you can get burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, tortas, you name it, al pastor. Come on up our way and make your mouth happy.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/11/15 19:58:33 (permalink)
    A fun place for Tacos AL Pastor is the Coyote Cafe Roof Garden next to the famed Mark Miller's Coyote Cafe in Santa fe. More reasonable price. Eat outdoors under umbrellas at sunset, see the swinging cpwbot sculptures and watch the Santa Fe crowd below.

    The tacos are served in a black stone cauldron-type bowl. Is this traditional or a Santa Fe thing?
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/12/15 04:24:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jerkylerky
    El Pueblito, recently referred to as #1 Mexican restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, has authentic t
    Couldnt agree less. Totally off the chart. You can PM if you want, I will try to explain better...


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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/12/15 15:43:56 (permalink)
    Most places I've been to serve their tacos in some sort of receptacle to keep them warm and moist. Can't recall seeing any black stone cauldron used for that purpose, though. I assume you are referring to the cauldron type utensils used for making guacamole, salsas and grinding spices.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/12/15 17:26:59 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Tacos al Pastor? Gee, that really DOES sound like something a minister would enjoy! (Or any of the flock, for that matter.)
    Wishing For Nachos Myself, Ort. Carlton in Almost Freezing Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2005/12/17 15:52:27 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BT
    Al pastor itself just means marinated pork, I believe.
    It means shepard style. I've always wondered where the Mexican shepards got the pineapple.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/01/21 13:21:40 (permalink)
    Jaqueline485

    [id=quote font="arial, helvetica"]quote: Originally posted by jerkylerky
    El Pueblito, recently referred to as #1 Mexican restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, has authentic t
    Couldnt agree less. Totally off the chart. You can PM if you want, I will try to explain better...

    I agree with Jaqueline, I was looking to have some great tacos al pastor (after having them at Santi's when I lived in Charleston, SC) and was quite disappointed by their version.  I can't speak for the rest of their food, but I, personally was not a fan of their tacos al pastor.  I hear El Camino Real is where it's at, but I have yet to try them.

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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/01/21 15:06:04 (permalink)
    Welcome to Roadfood!
    Are you talking about El Camino Real in KCK? If so, I don't think you'd be disappointed. Try El Taco Nazo, too. Everything I've had there has been quite good.
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/01/22 14:00:49 (permalink)
    There is another good thread about Al Pastor tacos here somewhere.

    I want to track some down in Las Vegas during my upcoming trip.
    Joe
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/06/13 03:26:40 (permalink)
    Forgot to give you my email.  mahonpoc@indra.com
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/06/13 06:48:05 (permalink)
    Right here in Madison, WI  http://www.restaurantelpastor.com/
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    RE: Tacos Al Pastor 2009/06/15 10:01:55 (permalink)
    Armando makes great Tacos Al Pastor at Tacos El Mexicano on California Street here in Topeka - they're on fresh corn torillas with cilantro and a lime wedge to squeeze over them.
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/02/19 23:06:47 (permalink)
    Taqueria Los Primos - Springdale Arkansas, Thin sliced pork stacked and slow roasted on a vertical spit.
     
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/02/24 12:27:21 (permalink)
    The tacos al pastor i've had around here in Schertz and San Antonio, don't have pineapple on them. That's something I have never heard of before.
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/02/24 12:36:54 (permalink)
    HollyDolly

    The tacos al pastor i've had around here in Schertz and San Antonio, don't have pineapple on them. That's something I have never heard of before.


    The tacos themselves don't have pineapple on them.  The meat, on the spit, has pineapple on it while roasting.
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/07/23 14:23:35 (permalink)
    Susan, many times they put a bit of the pineapple, from the spit, on the taco. Well, maybe I just always ask them to?

    Real Tacos Al Pastor must have pineapple involved somehow though. At least I think so.

    When I cook this at home I just slow cook a thin sliced pork roast, with adobe and whatever other seasonings sound good,  and add pineapple towards the end of cooking. I use enough pineapple so that everyone gets some on their taco.

    Pork and pineapple just go good together. Again, at least I think so. :~)
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/07/23 18:43:40 (permalink)
    Here's a Recipe From Chef Rick Bayless:
    Grilled Pork Tacos, Pastor Style
    Tacos al Pastor
    Makes enough for 20 tacos, serving 4 to 5 as a main dish
     Recipe from Season 7 of Mexico - One Plate at a Time


    Ingredients
    A 3 1/2-ounce package achiote paste
    3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, plus 4 tablespoons of the canning sauce
    1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil, plus a little more for the onion and pineapple
    1 1/2 pounds thin-sliced pork shoulder (1/4-inch-thick slices are ideal—the kind Mexican butchers sell for making tacos al pastor)
    1 medium red onion, sliced 1/4- inch thick
    Salt
    1/4 of a medium pineapple, sliced 1/4-inch-thick rounds
    20 warm corn tortillas
    About 1 1/2 cups raw tomatillo salsa


    Directions
    1.  Marinate the meat.  In a blender, combine the achiote paste, chiles, canning sauce, oil  and  3/4 cup water.  Blend until smooth.  Use 1/3 of the marinade to smear over both sides of each piece of meat (refrigerate the rest of the marinade to use on other meat or fish).  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
    2.  Grill and serve.  Light a charcoal fire and let the coals burn until covered with gray ash but still very hot; bank the coals to one side and set the grill grate in place.  Or, heat one side of a gas grill to high. Brush both sides of the onions slices with oil and sprinkle with salt.  Lay in a single layer on the hot side of the grill.  When richly browned, usually just about a minute, flip and brown the other side; move to the cool side of the grill to finish softening to grilled-onion sweetness.  Oil and grill the pineapple in the same way.  Finally, in batches, grill the meat:  it’ll take about a minute per side as well.  As the meat is done, transfer it to a cutting board and chop it up (between 1/4- and 1/2-inch pieces).  Scoop into a skillet and set over the grill to keep the meat warm.   Chop the onion and pineapple into small pieces as well, add them to the skillet and toss everything together.  Taste and season with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon.  Serve with the tortillas and salsa for your guests to make soft tacos.
     
     
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/07/23 23:05:46 (permalink)
    I would find a little Mexican Market with a taqueria in the back.  These are the best avenues to find al pastor.  Better than restaurants.
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    Re:Tacos Al Pastor 2010/07/24 01:08:39 (permalink)
    Thank God I live in Texas! I couldn't live without my tacos al pastor.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/el-tizoncito-dallas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvor74UQPaA
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2010/07/24 01:22:35
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