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made with pineapple, orange juice, & chiles, al pastor is perfection when you’re craving sweet heat with some mexican flare. if you want to make something with MAJOR flavor without the MAJOR time commitment, this al pastor marinade is about to become your newest bff! #playswellwithbutter #alpastor #alpastorrecipe #alpastormarinade #alpastortacos #grilledalpastsor #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade

al pastor marinade


Description

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!


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Ingredients

  • 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
  • 23 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Grill as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • 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!
  • Category: sauces & condiments
  • Method: no-cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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