Paleo Al Pastor Tacos

Geniune al pastor tacos originated in Central Mexico and in spirit are more like Greek gyros or Lebanese sharwarma than the recipe below. They’re carved from a giant slab of pork that’s been mixed with other ingredients (potentially non-paleo ingredients) and roasted over a spit.

Much as I adore the notion of adding a personal rotisserie spit to my kitchen arsenal, the only realistic way for me to eat al pastor tacos at home was to get creative. I replaced corn tortillas with sweet, fresh butter lettuce leaves and diced leftover BBQ pulled pork as a stand-in for the al pastor. The results were just what I hoped: complementary flavors that danced the Jarabe Tapatío on my tongue: sweet/salty, cool/hot, crisp/chewy.

What follows is not so much a recipe, but the ingredients you need to build paleo al pastor tacos. Pineapple required; sombrero optional.

leftover BBQ pulled pork or pork carnitas, approx. 4-6 oz. per person
avocado, diced
fresh pineapple, diced – or sugar-free canned pineapple chunks, packed in its own juice
1/2 yellow onion, diced
a few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
a fresh jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
1 head Boston or butter lettuce, separated and washed

This is complicated, so pay attention. Place the diced bits into the lettuce leaves and eat. I like to pile all the ingredients in individual bowls, then let everyone build their own.


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6 Responses to “Paleo Al Pastor Tacos”

  1. Patty says:

    But what do I do with the “chopped” cilantro?? Cooking is so hard! :-)

  2. Lily says:

    oh my god…I L.O.V.E. al pastor tacos. This one mexican place nearby has the best I’ve ever eaten. I used to eat like 6 at a time lol. Sooo good. Thanks for this paleo version!

  3. Tami C. says:

    “This is complicated, so pay attention.” – LOL

  4. Lucille says:

    I don’t know if you take requests yet (lol) but if you could make a recipe for paleo salmon skin rolls (or just how to prepare the salmon skin, I have no idea!) I would really appreciate it! :)

    • Mel says:

      I LOVE taking requests. I’ll add that to my list… I don’t know how to prepare salmon skin either, but it will be fun to learn.

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