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Tacos de Adobada Recipe

Tacos de Adobada are a tantalizing treat that takes you on a journey through the robust flavors of seasoned pork. “Adobada” means “marinated”, and these tacos showcase pork that’s been marinated in a rich blend of red chilies, vinegar, and spices, offering a mix of heat, tang, and depth in every bite.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Spice enthusiasts, lovers of flavorful meat preparations, and those looking to delve deeper into regional Mexican cuisine.
  • Estimated duration: 3-4 hours (including marination time).
  • Nutrition facts: High in protein from the pork and packed with antioxidants from the red chilies.

About this Recipe

Originating from the northern parts of Mexico, Tacos de Adobada, also known as Tacos al Pastor in some regions, have become a beloved street food not just in Mexico, but around the world. The slow-cooked, marinated pork, often served with pineapple, provides a mouthwatering combination of savory, sweet, and spicy flavors.

Equipment Required

  • Large mixing bowl for marination.
  • Skillet or grill.
  • Sharp knife and cutting board.
  • Tortilla warmer or cloth towel.


  • Pork shoulder: 2 pounds, thinly sliced.
  • Corn tortillas: 8 pieces.
  • Dried guajillo chilies: 5, stemmed and seeded.
  • Dried ├írbol chilies: 3, stemmed and seeded.
  • Garlic cloves: 3.
  • Apple cider vinegar: 1/4 cup.
  • Oregano: 1 teaspoon, dried.
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon.
  • Salt: to taste.
  • Pineapple: Slices for garnish.
  • Fresh cilantro: A handful, chopped.
  • Onion: 1, finely chopped.
  • Lime: 1, cut into wedges.


  1. Start by rehydrating the dried chilies. Place them in hot water for about 15-20 minutes until they become soft.
  2. In a blender, combine the softened chilies, garlic, apple cider vinegar, oregano, cumin, and salt. Blend until you achieve a smooth paste.
  3. In a large bowl, coat the thinly sliced pork with the chili paste, ensuring each piece is well-covered. Marinate for at least 2-3 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Once marinated, cook the pork on a hot skillet or grill, ensuring each side is nicely browned and cooked through.
  5. Warm the corn tortillas until soft and pliable.
  6. Place the cooked pork on each tortilla, garnishing with pineapple slices, chopped onion, and cilantro.
  7. Serve hot with lime wedges on the side.

Side Dishes

  • Salsa Roja: A spicy red salsa made from tomatoes, chilies, and garlic.
  • Guacamole: A creamy blend of ripe avocados, lime, and salt.
  • Mexican Street Corn (Elote): Grilled corn smeared with mayo, chili powder, and Cotija cheese.

Storage Options

Store leftover marinated pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Cooked pork can be stored for up to 2 days as well. Tortillas should be kept separately in a cool, dry place.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Pork: Chicken or beef can be used as alternatives, adjusting the cooking time accordingly.
  • Corn tortillas: Flour tortillas can be used for a different texture.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Carnitas: Featuring slow-cooked, pulled pork with crispy edges.
  • Tacos de Bistec: Highlighting grilled or pan-seared beef steaks.


Tacos de Adobada are a feast for the senses, delivering a vibrant dance of flavors with every bite. From the smokiness of the chilies to the tanginess of the vinegar and the richness of the pork, each element harmoniously contributes to the dish’s overall allure. Whether you’re indulging in these tacos on a busy street corner in Mexico or preparing them in your kitchen, the experience is undeniably delightful and memorable. Embark on this flavorful journey and savor the essence of authentic Mexican street food. ┬íProvecho!