Made with pineapple, orange juice, & chiles, al pastor is perfection when you’re craving sweet heat with some Mexican flare. My al pastor marinade delivers all the flavor you expect when you bite into a piece of perfectly carmelly & crusty al pastor, using pantry ingredients I always have on hand. if you LOVE Mexican food & you want to make something with MAJOR flavor without the MAJOR time commitment, this easy marinade is about to become your newest bff!
- 2 pounds meat or veggies of choice
- 1 small yellow onion, roughly diced
- ½ medium pineapple, cored, peeled & roughly diced (about 2 cups, see Recipe Notes!)
- 1 medium orange, zested & juiced (about ½ cup juice)
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 2–3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon crushed red chili flakes
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Blend the al pastor marinade: Add all listed marinade ingredients, less the crushed red chili flake, to the bowl of a food processor. Blend to combine, pureeing the pineapple & onion. Once pureed, stir in the crushed red chili flakes. Use immediately, or transfer to a jar or airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Marinate: Pour the marinade over your meat or veggies of choice. Marinate for at least 1 hour and at most 2 hours. See Recipe Notes.
- Grill as desired. Enjoy!
- Marinate with caution! All of the citrus & acid in al pastor marinade help make the meat so freakin’ delish, it also breaks down the proteins in the meat quickly. Fresh pineapple is notorious for giving meat a mushy, mealy texture if it marinates for too long. This al pastor marinade recipe should only be left to marinate for 2 hours, tops. You’ll still get tons of flavor, & you’ll protect the texture of your meat.
- Reserve the remaining pineapple for serving over top your al pastor meat, tacos, or burrito bowls! Or, make a quick batch of grilled pineapple pico for extra wow-factor!
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