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Cook the Book: Tacos Al Pastor with Roasted Pineapple-Habanero Chile Salsa

Photograph by Robyn Lee

Tacos al pastor, or "shepherd's tacos," are thought to have been inspired by Lebanese immigrants who came to Mexico City in the 1930s. Mexican taqueros cook pork shoulder on a vertical spit similar to Middle Eastern shawarma or the Turkish doner kebab. This recipe from Mark Miller's Tacos uses an overnight marinade of dried chiles, spices, orange juice, cola, and beer to impart a deeply satisfying sweet-savory flavor to the pork. Tacos al pastor are traditionally garnished with sliced pineapple. Miller recommends serving these tacos with flour tortillas, Roasted Pineapple-Habanero Chile Salsa, and either margaritas or dark Mexican beer.

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