• Achiote paste or marinade 3 ounces
  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Half a purple onion
  • Cilantro
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 ounce apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ounce white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pasilla chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

Blend all together in the blender into a liquid.



Buy pork shoulder or pork neck from the butcher and slice into into 1 – 2 centimetres thick  pieces. In a large bowl layer pieces of pork and marinade on top. You can put in some pieces of bacon to add extra taste (optional). Marinate overnight.

Experimenting with Tacos al Pastor I have done it in two methods:

1st Method stack marinated slices of pork on top of a pineapple into a tower and cover with another piece of pineapple and roast in the oven for a couple of hours. Slice pork and chop up.

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2nd Method lay pineapple slices on a baking tray with marinated slices of pork on top and pineapple slices on top, cover with aluminium foil and bake for 4 hours. Remove pineapple and then shred into pulled pork.



Pickled onion:

Combine the following ingredients in a jar and leave to prepare for a few hours or overnight. When it turns bright pink it will be ready to eat.

  • Red onion slices
  • Warm water
  • Sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • oregano
  • salt


  • Fresh pineapple slices or if you prefer use the pineapple that cooked with the pork.
  • Fresh purple onion and cilantro
  • Fresh limes


In a pan without oil cook:

  • Tomatoes (roma, truss, vine, etc whatever your preference)
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • chilies (jalapeno, habanero, hot bullet, cerrano etc)

Once everything has been blackened put the ingredients into a blender or food processor along with half a red onion, cilantro, sea salt, juice of one lime and blend until you have reached the desired consistency.


Avocado habanero cream:

Blend in a food processor:

  • Container of sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Sea salt
  • Juice of one lime
  • Ounce of white vinegar
  • Cilantro
  • Half a purple onion
  • Serrano, jalapeno or habanero chile
  • Habanero hot sauce