Slow cooker tacos al pastor with a pineapple salsa

Al Pastor

A classic: slow cooker tacos al pastor with a pineapple salsa. Al pastor is typically made by spit-grilling pork, and then adding spices and finishing with onion and pineapple on top of the rotisserie. So this one brings some of that tradition, but something you can easily make at home. The spice rub and quick pan sear before the slow cook really keeps all those spices in the meat all the way to end and gives it a nice crust. The salsa is sweet and spicy which is a nice balance of flavors and then I topped with pickled shallots.

Al Pastor

Slow cooker tacos al pastor with a pineapple salsa

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Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 large white onion cut into eighths
  • 3 tbsp of each: chili powder, cumin, salt,cayenne, garlic powder, cardamom, pepper
  • Olive oil for searing
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Combine for salsa:

  • Pineapple, cut into cubes
  • Pickled or regular shallots
  • jalepeno
  • lime juice
  • salt/pepper
  • Cilantro


  • Add onion to slow cooker. Then, combine spiceson a plate and cover pork in the rub. Heat olive oil over high heat and searquickly on all sides. 
  • Add pork to cooker and cover with the chickenbroth. Cook on low until meat is falling off the bone. Depending on your saltpreference, you might want to add a bit more salt on the pork at the end (Itend to love salt though so def a personal choice).
  • Serve with quick grilled or heated tortillas andtop with salsa. I also enjoyed with some greek yogurt (a great healthy alt forsour cream), some salsa verde and more lime juice. Enjoy!!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.