There is arguably no plate that is more typically Mexican than “tacos al pastor.” This delicious creation, which involves spit-grilled pork, onion, cilantro, and pineapple in a small tortilla, is a beloved street food all around the country by people who probably have no idea about the dish’s fascinating origins.
Lebanese immigrants to Mexico in the late 19th and early 20th century brought with them the knowledge of a dish called shawarma which had recently begun spreading throughout the region and gaining popularity.
These immigrants, upon arrival to Mexico, began to make their own version of the dish and offer it as a new and special treat to the people of their new home country.
Now, tacos al pastor are made with thin slices of pork which are sliced off with a big knife after being spit grilled after being marinated in pineapple, onion, and chile spice flavors. Those who are familiar with shawarma are often shocked to see just how much this Mexican favorite resembles a food that you can find throughout the Middle East!
If you find yourself in Mexico, be sure to give tacos al pastor a try, and keep its fascinating story in mind as you enjoy one of the country’s most flavorful dishes.