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Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos with Pineapple Pico

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Inspired by the beloved spit-roasted tacos al pastor from Central Mexico, our veggie version swaps pork for mushrooms. Simultaneously sweet, salty, savory and smoky, these tacos are slathered in a rich chili sauce and topped with tangy pineapple salsa.

PHOTOGRAPHY by
Olivia Hayo
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September 18, 2020
Ingredients
SERVINGS:
4 SERVING(S)
5 dried guajillo peppers, seeds and stems removed
4 garlic cloves, skins removed
2 bay leaves
1 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon achiote powder
1/2 teaspon cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
2 pounds oyster or maitake mushrooms, torn into bite sized pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
PINEAPPLE PICO
1 cup finely diced pineapple
1 cup finely diced red onion
1/2 jalapeno, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1 lime, juice and zest
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
salt to taste
TO SERVE
1 cup finely diced pineapple
fresh cilantro
lime wedges

Instructions

Make Pineapple Pico

Mix all pineapple pico de gallo ingredients in a bowl. Stir and set aside.

Make Al Pastor Sauce

In a small sauce pot, place the guajillos, garlic cloves, bay leaves, water, salt, pineapple juice, achiote powder, cumin, ground cloves, and cayenne. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, lower the heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove bay leaves and pour liquid into a blender, blend until smooth. Strain liquid through a fine mesh strainer, and return to the small sauce pot.

Bring to a simmer over low heat. Melt in 1 tablespoon of butter and let sauce reduce and thicken for 3-5 minutes.

Make Mushrooms “Al Pastor”

Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add mushrooms and cook until crisp with golden brown edges. (Resist the urge to stir too often, as this can slow down the crisping process.)

Ladle a few spoonfuls of al pastor sauce into the pan and toss to coat the mushrooms.

Bring it All Together

Warm corn tortillas in a pan, directly over the flame, or for a few seconds in the microwave. (Keep warmed tortillas wrapped in a clean, kitchen towel so that they continue to steam until you are ready to serve.)

Spoon al pastor mushrooms onto tortillas and top with pineapple pico de gallo.

Finish with some fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lime.

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Haley Hazell
As a freelance food stylist, visual designer and recipe developer, for Haley it is all about balance –– balancing careers, tastes and textures...
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