Pork al Pastor Tacos

Have your filling prepped and ready in your freezer to pull out on taco night. When you’re ready to eat, simply pop it into your Instant Pot while you prepare your toppings.

Photo: Darren Kemper Photography

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If you have extra time before dinner, try our fresh, homemade pineapple salsa — or use an all-natural purchased salsa.

Total Cost: $27.99

Cost Per Plate: $3.50

Prep Time
20 min
155 min


  • ½ pineapple, cut into chunks (about 2¼ cups)

    2 canned chipotle chiles, seeded + 2 tbsp adobo sauce

    2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (TRY: Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar)

    1 tbsp raw honey

    1½ tbsp chile powder

    3 cloves garlic, chopped

    2 tsp each dried oregano, ground cumin and sea salt

    1 tsp ground black pepper

    1 6-lb pork shoulder, bone removed, trimmed and cut into ½-inch chunks

    ½ small red onion, chopped

    16 6-inch corn tortillas

For serving (optional)

  • Pineapple salsa
  • Fresh cilantro

  • Chopped avocado

  • Sliced radishes 

  • Pickled onions 

  • Hot sauce 



1. In a blender or food processor, combine pineapple, chipotles and adobo, vinegar, honey, chile, garlic, powder, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper; blend until smooth. Line a 6½-inch-diameter bowl with a large freezer bag. (NOTE: Make sure the bowl fits inside the Instant Pot insert.) Place pork and onion in bag, pour in pineapple mixture; massage to coat. Seal bag and freeze. Once mixture is frozen, remove bowl.

To Instant Pot 

2. When ready to eat, press Sauté on the Instant Pot and set to Medium/Normal. Place frozen pork mixture in pot with ⅔ cup water and cook for 2 minutes. Lock lid and set release valve to Seal. Press Pressure Cook/Manual and set timer to 50 minutes. When cooking is finished, leave the vent in seal position and allow pressure to release naturally. When metal pin in lid falls and all pressure is released, unlock lid.

3. Strain pork mixture, reserving liquid. Shred pork. Add back a few spoonfuls of liquid; serve with tortillas and toppings as desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 tacos
  • Calories 261
  • Carbohydrate Content 23 g
  • Fat Content 8 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 24 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Sodium Content 141 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1.5 g