Tacos al pastor is a taco dish filled with shawarma style grilled guajillo rubbed pork, grilled pineapples, onions and cilantro, in short it is a Mexican Middle Eastern wrap mashup. This dish was created in Central Mexico brought by Lebanese immigrants inspired by the lamb based shawarma hence the name “Al Pastor”, shepherd style.
Unlike its Lebanese counterpart this dish is made out of pork, it is similarly cooked in a vertical rotisserie called a trompo with a piece of fresh onion and a pineapple on top which makes the meat tender due to the enzymes of the dripping pineapple juice.
I was surprised the first time I had this dish, I never knew that pineapples would work really well with tacos. The spices, the savoury pork, sweet and tangy pineapple with the sour lime makes this dish really stand out compared to other tacos I had before, I love it, in fact this would be the best taco variation I had so far.