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Salmon Al Pastor Tacos
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins

Salmon Al Pastor Tacos for a dinner that's sure to be a fan favorite!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Salmon Al Pastor Tacos
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Brad Prose
  • 1 skin-on side of salmon pin bones removed, 4-5 pounds
  • 4 whole arbol chiles
  • 5 whole guajillo chilies
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 tablespoon achiote paste
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 whole cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
For the Tacos:
  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sour cream or crema for garnish
  • 12 corn tortillas
  1. Make the marinade. Pour boiling water into a heat-safe bowl with the chiles, allowing them to hydrate for about 10 minutes. Add in the drained chiles, orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, and spices into a blender. Puree until completely smooth.
  2. Pat the salmon completely dry, both the meat and the skin-side. Set the salmon on a baking sheet, meat-side up. Brush a generous glaze of the marinade all over the meat of the salmon and allow it to rest at room temperature while you build the fire.
  3. Preheat your grill to a medium-heat around 300°F for direct cooking with the grill grate (or leaning cage). Make sure the grill grate is at least 5-6 inches away from the coals, and the grates are very clean and oiled. Place the salmon directly over the coals, skin-side down and close the lid. If using a leaning cage, angle the salmon over the fire and monitor the temperature to ensure it stays at a medium heat, around 350°F, as much of the heat will escape. Cook until the salmon is 130°F internal temperature, spritzing with some pineapple juice along the way to keep it moist.
  4. Place a pineapple, jalapenos, and onion directly into the coals. Nestle the pineapple in, making sure some of the sides are exposed to the coals as well. Rotate each of the ingredients and char until desired, pulling the pineapple out when it hits 195°F internal temperature.
  5. Dice up the ingredients for the salsa, seasoning to taste. Serve with the salmon on fresh corn tortillas with sour cream or crema.

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Nutrition Facts
Salmon Al Pastor Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 614mg27%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 554IU11%
Vitamin C 108mg131%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.