Al Pastor to Soothe Your Soul

delicious al pastor
Marinated for 2 Days, Charred and Slow Roasted for 4 hours!

Masa Taquiera y Cantina is still churning out great food and great drinks during the shutdown cause by Covid-19. Although our beautiful indoor seating and outdoor dining area are closed to the public, our pick up window is open and fully functioning.

Today we have a brand new batch of Al Pastor just waiting to be devoured by you. Wait until you taste it. That got us thinking.. Do you know where the name Al Pastor came from? In this blog, we would like to share with you the history of the name.


The simple answer is Central Mexico. But the long form version of the answer is a bit more complicated. Lebanese people immigrated to Mexico in the early 1900’s and brought their cooking styles and recipes with them.

Cooking meat on a vertical spit is a Middle Eastern thing. And now the idea had been brought to Mexico.


Mexicans who incorporated their own spices and meat flavorings with a cooking style adopted from the Middle East. Shepherds in Mexico adopted the style of cooking and the name was born “Al Pastor” which translates into “shepherd style”.


Roughly 100 years ago and developed and morphed until today. Over time, some things get better. The spices and aging techniques have changed over the years and different regions have their own unique style but they are all Al Pastor.


On a vertical spit, at least originally. Most people and restaurants use various other methods for cooking the meat. Vertical spits are not very common. The meat is marinated then treated with dried chiles, spices, achiote, and pineapple. This flavor combination is enough to make your taste buds explode.


Thinly sliced pork shoulder. This has been the most commonly used cut of meat to create Al Pastor. You can also use pork sirloin or pork loin if you wish.

Contact Masa today and put in your order for pick up at the drive-by window. You’ll be glad you did.

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