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Turkey al Pastor: Mexican flavor for Thanksgiving

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  • Try Turkey al Pastor for Thanksgiving!
  • Give your meal a Mexican touch.
  • Use this delicious recipe.

If you want to add a Mexican touch to your Thanksgiving dinner, then Turkey al Pastor is an excellent option.

Turkey al pastor is a tasty dish where the turkey is marinated in a mixture of dried chiles, garlic, spices and vinegar.

It is then cooked on the grill or broiler until tender and golden brown.

Traditionally, it is served in tacos with corn tortillas, onion, cilantro and roasted pineapple — and it is topped with salsa.

Turkey al Pastor for Thanksgiving dinner

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Without a doubt, Turkey al Pastor is a delicious fusion of Mexican flavors that includes spicy, sweet and sour elements.

It is a scrumptious recipe that combines traditional Mexican flavors with classic American turkey.

It’s the perfect way to enjoy a multicultural meal this Thanksgiving.

Try this classic recipe for Turkey al Pastor.


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1 whole turkey (approximately 8-11 lbs)

4 dried guajillo chiles, 2 dried ancho chiles and 2 dried pasilla chiles, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, 1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ cup apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, salt to taste


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Start by deveining the guajillo, ancho and pasilla chiles.

To do this, remove the stems and seeds from the chillies and then soak them in hot water for about 15-20 minutes, until they are soft.

While the chiles soak, cut the turkey into smaller pieces, such as thighs and breasts. This will make it easier to coat the meat with the marinade.

While the chiles are soaking, you can prepare the marinade.

It’s time to use the blender

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In a blender, combine the drained chiles, garlic cloves, ground cumin, oregano, black pepper, ground cloves, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.

Mix everything until it is smooth and well mixed.

Pour the marinade over the turkey pieces and make sure they are well coated.

Place the marinated turkey in a container and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours, or even better, overnight so it absorbs the flavors well.

Cooking your Turkey al Pastor

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After the turkey has marinated, preheat your grill or broiler to medium-high.

While the grill heats, remove the turkey from the marinade and thread the pieces onto skewers.

Cook the turkey on the hot grill, turning occasionally and brushing with vegetable oil to prevent it from drying out.

Cook until the turkey is well browned and cooked through. This should take about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces and the temperature of your grill.

How do you serve Turkey al Pastor?

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Once cooked, remove the turkey from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.

You can serve the Turkey al Pastor with hot corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, roasted pineapple and salsa.

This is in the style of traditional Tacos al Pastor!

Now, let’s enjoy the delicious Turkey al Pastor! You can find another recipe HERE.

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