Tacos al Pastor in the Crock Pot

Tacos al pastor

This past Cinco de Mayo, I made this dish and it was a big hit with my family. Traditionally, Tacos al Pastor is made on a spit over coals and slow cooked all day that way with an herb rub. Since I live on a 3rd floor balcony, this isn’t really an option for me, but since I really wanted to try it after my husband raved about it and all the times he had enjoyed it in Mexican restaurants while living on the border in San Diego. So out of this desire was my own recipe for Tacos al Pastor made in my favorite way to cook in the summer- my beloved Crock Pot.


Tacos al Pastor in the Crock Pot


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Tacos al Pastor in the Crock Pot
Cuisine: Latin
  • 1 10-12 lb Pork Shoulder
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1½ Cups Water
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Chipotle Powder
  • ½ Tsp Onion Powder
  • ¼ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  1. Mix together in a bowl: 1 tsp Chili powder, ½ tsp Chipotle powder, ½ tsp onion powder, ¼ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp kosher salt and 1 Tbsp brown sugar to make a rub.
  2. Apply the rub to your pork shoulder and place in the fridge for approximately 6 hours.
  3. Remove your pork shoulder and place in your crock pot. Pour your liquids over the top and add in the rest of your spices.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours and turn down to low for 2-3 more hours until pork reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.
  5. Serve with the toppings of your choice and corn tortillas.
Toppings that are good are:
red onions, cilantro, tomato, black beans, crumbling cheese like Queso Fresco and sour cream.


Have you ever had Tacos al Pastor? What is your favorite Latin Inspired dish? I would love to know! If you make this recipe, and love it, make sure to share!

9 Replies to “Tacos al Pastor in the Crock Pot”

  1. You have some very unique ingredients in these tacos. I have never had any meat with pineapple and orange juice as part of the recipe. I bet it has a great contrast of flavors, and the people eating it can’t pinpoint what is in it.

  2. I have never heard of Tacos Al Pastor but I sure would love to try making it. I usually make Pulled Pork with a packet seasonings and shred it and make it on crispy bread rolls. This recipe makes a lot and I like that I would have leftovers.

  3. Thank you for linking up with the Hearts for Home Blog Hop last week! I chose this post as one of my favorites and featured it on this week’s hop. Stop by and grab an “I was featured” button if you’d like: http://learningtable.blogspot.com/2014/05/hearts-for-home-blog-hop-67.html Hope to see you again! 🙂
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    1. Wow! Thank you so much! I am so honored and I will definitely grab a button!

  4. Hi Cristine,
    What a lovely presentation for your Tacos al Pastor, they look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
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    1. Thanks Miz Helen! They were pretty good. I hope you make them sometime and enjoy them with your family!

  5. I love cooking big pork shoulders in the crock pot! I then can use them for tacos, enchiladas, pulled pork or whatever we fancy. But a 10-12 pounder? That would feed the family for a month!
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    1. The crockpot is my favorite way to cook bulk food like this and have some for quite awhile. It shrunk up a bit, though as a good 1-2 lbs of this particular pork shoulder was fat.

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