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Salt N Sear Catering: Al Pastor Taco Marinade Recipe!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!! 🎉 In honour of this amazing celebration, I am so excited to welcome back one of our food contributors, Jacques Kabuya from Salt N Sear Catering to share a Cinco De Mayo-inspired recipe. And did they ever deliver, Today, Jacques is sharing his step-by-step guide on how to recreate his famous Al Pastor marinade. Whether you want to use this marinade for meat, veggies or even tofu, we guarantee that the smell alone will have your mouth watering! 🤤

If you missed their very first recipe on the blog, make sure to check it out here. If you like beer and pizza, you will definitely want to check it out!

Take it away, Jacques!

Hi again! I’m so happy to be back to share another recipe with you all! 

While in high school, I had the opportunity to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, on a school exchange program. This allowed me to indulge in my two favourite things: travel and food. An added bonus was that Mexico is the land of one of my favourite foods: tacos! 

Jacques Kabuya Owner of Salt and Sear Catering

The trip was one of the best experiences of my life. My homestay family quickly adopted me as one of their own. Whenever my homestay mom asked me what I wanted for dinner, I would, of course, respond, “tacos!”. We would then venture out to sample the wares of the local vendors. The sights, smell, and flavours were wonderful. 

Since that first trip, my “brother” and I have visited each other many times (he even attended my wedding!). Each time I returned to Mexico, he and I  would wander the markets in search of spices and food. Torta ahogada and especially tacos al pastor became my new favourites. The simplicity, the spices, and the sweetness of the tacos delighted me. I became obsessed with recreating these flavours myself when I returned home. 

I’m sharing with you my take on tacos al pastor. It contains ingredients that you can easily find in your local grocery store. The marinade is versatile enough to be used on pork, beef, chicken, fish, tofu, or vegetables. 

Salt and Sear Al Pastor Marinade for Tacos.

Al Pastor Taco Marinade Recipe!

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Recipe by From the Kitchen of Jillian Harris


  • 2 tbsp 2 chili powder

  • 1 tbsp 1 paprika

  • 1 tbsp 1 oregano

  • 1 tbsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp 1 cumin

  • t tbsp salt

  • 1 tbsp 1 pepper

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 white vinegar

  • 1 2/3 cup 1 2/3 pineapple juice


  • Add all listed ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to combine. Use immediately, or transfer to a jar or airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Pour marinade over your meat or veggies of choice. Marinate for at least 1 hour.

I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do. 

Jacques Kabuya – Salt N Sear Catering

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