Shepherd's Tacos (Tacos al Pastor)

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Rebeca Diaz Pardo, Munich, Germany
Solid State Physics

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3 guajillo peppers
1 clove garlic
1/4 white onion
60ml white vinegar
125ml orange juice
2 chipotle peppers
5g oregano
30g achiote

500g pork steacks
250g bacon

300g of cilantro
1 chopped onion
1 pineapple cut in pieces except the centers
4 limes
1kg of corn tortillas

1. The guajillo peppers are sewn with the onion and garlic and we throw away the seeds. Mix (blend) all the ingredients for the sauce and add pepper to taste and if necessary, a little salt. The meat is marinated in that sauce, (preferably overnight).

2. The meat tower (kebab style) is assembled with large wooden sticks interspersing the pork steak with the bacon. The pineapple center is placed on the top and bottom of the meat tower. Put the meat tower in the oven preheated to 180° C for about an hour or until the meat is well cooked. The meat of the meat tower is cut into thin layers.

3. Put the layered meat in a tortilla with small peaces of grilled pineapple, cilantro, onion and some lime juice. Enjoy!


Tacos al Pastor are a typical street food from Mexico City but their origins go far away to Lebanon. At the end of the XIX century, people form Lebanon migrated to Mexico bringing some culinary great ideas like the current version of lamb meat cooked on a stick (the contemporary version would be a kebab). But Mexicans love to adopt foreign food and add the local touch which is full of endemic wonderful ingredients. So lamb was replaced by pork, and corn tortillas are used instead. The sauce is a complete Mexican creation and so, one of the most amazing street foods was born. Tacos al Pastor are in our everyday life, for lunch, dinner or even after a fun evening at a nightclub, one can always find them in every corner of Mexico city.

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