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Instant Pot Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

Surprisingly easy to recreate at home, Instant Pot al Pastor is also quick to make thanks to the pressure cooking method! You'll get perfect juicy and tender pulled pork, with a spice level you can customize to your preference.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 tacos
Author: Jennifer Deppa


  • 2 cups pineapple fresh, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • cup pure maple syrup or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 2 pounds pork shoulder trimmed of excess fat and cut into 2-inch cubes

To Make Tacos:

  • 8-16 corn tortillas*
  • ½ cup pineapple fresh, finely diced
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped, optional
  • Cilantro optional
  • Avocado optional


  • In a high speed blender or food processor combine pineapple, onion, garlic, maple syrup, vinegar, chipotle peppers, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Blend for 1-2 minutes or until marinade is completely smooth.
    2 cups pineapple, ¾ cup red onion, 2 cloves garlic, ⅓ cup pure maple syrup, 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, 1 lime, 1 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. paprika, 1 ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ tsp. pepper
  • Place trimmed and cubed pork shoulder in a large bowl or a gallon-sized zip-top bag along with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
    2 pounds pork shoulder
  • Once ready to cook, add pork and marinade into the Instant Pot. Cover, make sure pressure release valve is sealed, and cook on high pressure for 45 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pork sit in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes for a 10 minute natural pressure release (NPR).
  • After 10 minutes, release the pressure valve and let it ventilate until you are able to open the Instant Pot. Shred the pork and let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve shredded pork on corn tortillas with diced pineapple, red onions, cilantro, and avocado. Enjoy!
    8-16 corn tortillas*, ½ cup pineapple, ¼ cup red onion, Avocado, Cilantro


  • If your pork shoulder was very fatty you may have a bit too much liquid. If so, double up the corn tortillas to make sure your tacos do not fall apart!
  • Nutritional information is calculated for 1 taco with 1 corn tortilla.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 27.9mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.3mg