I don’t know when putting coleslaw on top of my tacos became a thing at my house. Maybe it was an attempt to add veggies to the meal without being obvious? I really don’t know. But what I do know is that the taco/slaw combo is delicious and perfect for good summer eating. I love making a spicy taco then topping it with a slightly sweet, cooling coleslaw. The perfect combo. No, wait. Chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect combo but this one is close behind. I bet right about now you are wondering what Al Pastor means. Al Pastor is the process of slow cooking pork with dried chilis and pineapple juice. How simple is that? Plus, you can impress people by calling simple pork tacos Al Pastor. Are you impressed? Let’s kick off our Sunday shoes and put on our Taco Tuesday hats on Monday. Not confusing at all!
Our tropical ingredient line up:
From Top Left: Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, garlic, a spice mixture of salt, chili pepper and dried oregano, lime, pineapple juice (try not to mix it with your coconut water and drink all of it), cilantro, tortillas, and pork shoulder.
We begin with our spicy rub for the pork! The colorful spice mixture is combined with our garlic. I’m a sucker for that deep chili powder color.
We take our dainty, not used to getting dirty paws and rub the mixture all over the pork. Let this sit for awhile. It will be worth it.
We pour our chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, pineapple juice, and lime juice on top of the pork. This pork is treated with the utmost respect and is slow cooked. It’s the right thing to do. You could throw this in your slow cooker and forget about it until dinner! Let’s shred that sucker!
Our ingredient line up for the coleslaw is as follows:
From Top Left: Coconut cream, sugar or honey, lime, greek yogurt, red onion, pineapple, and broc slaw because you know I love it!
Just take a whisk and combine the coconut milk, yogurt, lime juice, sugar/honey, and a pinch of salt. Coconut milk is not created equal unfortunately. I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream in a can. It’s incredibly thick and doesn’t have added sugars like other milks so be warned. You don’t want the added sugars and make this a dessert coleslaw. Yuck! Not to be graphic but look at that thick, creaminess!
We pour the coconut milk dressing over the slaw and mix. Taste for seasoning! The tacos are spicy but if you need more spice, save the cooking liquid and skim the fat. Dunk your shredded pork back into the liquid. I love this taco. All I need is a beach to eat it on! Feel me? Happy taco making!