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Chicken Tacos al Pastor

  • May 4, 2016
  • By casualonthecoast
Chicken Tacos al Pastor

Chicken Tacos al Pastor

We take Cinco de Mayo VERY seriously around here and wanted to create a new recipe for you all to enjoy this Thursday to celebrate.  While going to a Mexican restaurant will truly get you into the holiday spirit, everyone else has the same idea.  We much prefer to enjoy the Mexican holiday in our own kitchen/home!  For our take on Tacos al Pastor we used chicken thighs but you can easily substitute with pork if that’s what you prefer.  The best thing about this recipe is the crock pot does ALL of the work for you!  Simply blend up your sauce and pour over the chicken thighs in your slow cooker, set it and forget it!  Dress your tacos however you like them but I highly recommend the pairing we chose: grilled pineapple, pickled red onions, cilantro, radish and cotija cheese.  Tacos are a weeknight staple at our house and are our go-to for a quick and easy meal.  The possibilities are endless as far as your protein and toppings; and there’s always something for everyone to choose from.  Taco night is PERFECT for entertaining because you can prep your protein and all of your toppings ahead of time and your guests can build their own tacos!

Whenever we make any sort of Mexican dish we always head to our local haciendas.  We’re able to find the unique ingredients that we sometimes can’t find at our grocery store.  We pick up fresh tortillas from there because nothing beats a homemade corn tortilla made on an antique tortilla press that is loaded with years of flavor and love!  They make such a big difference in the overall quality of the tacos; if you can get fresh tortillas, do it!

Of course if you don’t have a Latino market/tienda near you, don’t be discouraged.  Most of the ingredients can be found in the international aisle of your grocery store.  It’s easier now than ever to find particular ingredients at your grocery store/supermarket.

How do you all plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  What’s on your menu?!  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Chicken Tacos al Pastor


  • 3.5 lbs skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 pineapple, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 c. red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic gloves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinear
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 guajillo peppers (dried & reconstituted in warm water)
  • 2 chile nuevo (dried & reconstituted in warm water)
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 3.5 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1 bottle mexican beer
  • For assembly:
  • tortillas
  • grilled pineapple
  • cilantro
  • cotija cheese
  • pickled red onions
  • radish slices


  1. Combine ingredients 2 (pineapple) through 14 (chipotle peppers) in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour in the beer and pulse a few times to incorporate to the mixture.
  3. Place your chicken thighs in one layer in your slow cooker and pour the sauce mixture over top.
  4. Cook for 3 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low; until the meat falls off the bone.
  5. Shred the chicken with two forks and place back in the slow cooker.
  6. Serve on fresh tortillas garnished with toppings

By casualonthecoast, May 4, 2016
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