Oven Fried Cajun Popcorn Chicken with Creamy Honey Mustard.
Swapping out the meat and going vegetarian with these Mushroom Al Pastor Tacos with Garlic Lime Special Sauce. Best for when you’re craving hearty Mexican, but want to keep things healthy. Sesame chipotle pineapple sauce, tossed with a mix of cremini and shiitake mushrooms (in place of pork), stuffed into charred tortillas and topped with the most addicting “special” sauce…that just so happens to be way healthier than the original. The perfect weeknight taco that’s made in just about 30 minutes too. These are quick, simple, healthy, and so delicious.
These are not your average Tuesday night tacos. And they’re definitely not your traditional al pastor style taco. But hear me out, because these tacos are so good.
Growing up we’d have traditional ground beef tacos at least twice a week. It was a dinner that my dad could easily put together and knew that everyone would love. Even to this day, we all still love tacos.
But then who doesn’t love a taco? I’ve made plenty over the years and have more taco recipes than I care to count up. But yet I still have endless ideas for tacos. Crazy right?
Anyway, when it comes to a vegetarian taco, I’ve always enjoyed using mushrooms. I know cauliflower is very popular right now, but in an effort to sweeten things up I thought I’d share this easy mushroom al pastor taco recipe. It’s one of my current favorite recipes. And while my brothers will be rolling their eyes at these, I’m all for them. They’re meaty – yet meat-free, spicy, sweet, and beyond good.
And the special sauce? Addicting.
As I said, these are not traditional al pastor tacos. For one, they’re vegetarian, and tacos al pastor are most commonly made with marinated grilled pork.
Traditional al pastor tacos were created after Lebanese immigrants in Mexico introduced middle eastern lamb shawarma to the region. The tacos combine traditional middle eastern spices with spices used in central Mexico. Eventually, the lamb was replaced with marinated pork. I never knew all this until I did a little research. I love that they’re a mash-up of two of my favorite cuisines.
The meat is marinated in spices, pineapple, chipotle or other dried chilies, and vinegar. It’s then grilled and served in warmed tortillas. Toppings can vary, but they are most often topped with grilled onion, pineapple, cilantro, and cheese.
So that’s the story behind traditional al pastor tacos. Now, let’s talk about these mushroom al pastor tacos, which are truly just as delicious, but minus the meat.
Start out by making the chipotle pineapple sauce. It’s a simple mix of chipotle peppers, pineapple, garlic, and spices. I added sesame seeds for additional flavor, which actually ties in more of the middle eastern inspiration.
Basically you can think of this sauce as homemade enchilada sauce with the addition of pineapple. The sauce is mixed in the blender and is super easy to put together. And? It’s probably one of my very favorite sauces. You only need about half of the sauce for the tacos, the other half you can save for serving.
Once the sauce is made, sauté the mushrooms with the onions, stir in the sauce and additional pineapple chunks, and simply cook a few minutes more. You now have mushroom al pastor. As the sauce cooks, it begins to caramelize over the mushrooms. It’s sweet, spicy, a touch smoky, and truly so delicious. You don’t even realize you’re eating all vegetables! The mushrooms have such a meaty flavor that you really don’t miss the meat.
While the mushrooms are cooking, mix up the special sauce. While this sauce is simple, it’s also addictingly good. It’s creamy, heavy on the lime, a touch garlicky, and a little salty. It’s a simple mix of plain yogurt, lime juice, and garlic, and a little sea salt to finish it off.
OK. Now for serving. Here is how I layer these up. Charred corn tortillas, avocado mashed with lime juice, then the mushroom al pastor, special sauce, feta cheese, and plenty of fresh cilantro. And lastly…serve alongside the remaining chipotle pineapple sauce for an extra saucy taco.
These take only about thirty minutes from start to finish. They use just one blender and one skillet. All-around, these are pretty quick and simple to make. Great for a weeknight taco night, but equally as great on Saturday with friends!
I have a lot of taco recipes on HBH, but here are a few of my favorites.
20 Minute Caribbean Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Jalapeño Pineapple Salsa Verde
Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos
Asada Mushroom Tacos with Lime Smashed Avocado
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This was really good! I made the pastor for burrito filling and forgot to make the lime sauce. I added black beans and topped with shredded cabbage and carrots and cilantro. Most excellent. Thank you for the recipe!
Hi there! Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xTieghan
I grilled the pineapple first and used adobo sauce instead of peppers so delicious. Great recipe!!
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed. Have a great Wednesday! xTieghan
Great flavors, awesome alternative! Way too much spice with the chili powder. I would say you can skip it altogether 🙂
Awesome, I love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed and thanks so much for giving it a try! xTieghan
Fan of this one! Trying to eat more plant based (ha, not entirely likely) and this was super tasty. Will be making more!
I am so glad the recipe was enjoyed, thank you for making it! xTieghan
I’ve made this several times now for different groups of friends. Several friends have told me that they have dreams about these mushroom tacos and can’t stop thinking about them. Iconic taco vibes.
I like to make the sauce in a big batch and freeze half of it to use for next time.
Also the mushrooms are better if you make them ahead, then reheat just before serving.
i also once tried subbing mango for pineapple, which actually worked pretty well.
I so appreciate you giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled it was enjoyed! xTieghan
What cut of pork would you recommend for this recipe?
I think pork shoulder would work well here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Love this recipe! Have made a few times now and people go crazy for it! Agree that the chilli powder is not necessary, the chipotles make it spicy enough. Thanks!
Hey! This is awesome, I’m so happy to hear this recipe turned out the way you’d hoped! 🙂 xTieghan
Thanks for posting more veggie recipes !
BIG flavor! Love these tacos. Added black beans for more protein and used one roasted poblano and 2 tbsp tomato paste in place of chipotles in adobo. Definitely will be making 1595727 more times.
I am thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thank you so much for making it! xTieghan
Delicious! It is pretty spicy FYI to all those who may not like as much spice. I on the other hand love a good cry and nose run, so bring it on!
Thank you so much Jessica! xTieghan
This is an absolutely fantastic recipe! Thanks for sharing it!
Thank you Mitchel! I am really glad you enjoyed this recipe! xTieghan
The sauce might just be called a salsa, really. Its a great base, I improvised a bit. I used 1.5 dried ancho chiles instead of chipotles, added a tiny bit of tomato juice to make up for the adobo tomato flavor, paste would have been better. It needed a little richness, I added a pinch of cinnamon to help simulate the exotic flavor of al pastor. Roasted some carrots and sweet potato for the base instead of the mushrooms. Certainly enough salsa for trying with mushrooms and other items later. Everyone liked the secret sauce, I usually don’t like sour cream on al pastor, but the lime made it appropriate. Thanks for posting this!
Hi David! Thank you for trying this recipe and sharing your version of it! I am really glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
made this last night, loved the mushroom pineapple combo!
Thank you so much Amy! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Slightly smoky and sweet/tart. Great veggie rendition of Al Pastor.
I really like spice so the two Chipotle peppers were great for me (I might even try 3 next time…)
Very simple to make for a quick meal
I just used all Baby Bella mushrooms since that’s what I had in the house
Next time I’ll also add some pepita seeds on top for a bit of texture
I am so glad this turned out so amazing for you, Tiffany! Thank you so much! xTieghan
This is a great dish. My only comment would be that the mushrooms are VERY spicy (at least for me). I didn’t want to knock off a star because my spice tolerance is a bit lower than someone who might enjoy spicy foods a lot. I think I would cut back on the chili pepper big time, as I find the adobo chilies are fairly spicy in themselves. If you keep with the spice levels, make sure you pair it with the greek yogurt sauce, as it helps to cool this dish down. Very tasty though, adjust spice accordingly.
Hi Sher! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! And I hope you love it even more with less spice! xTieghan
You really have a knack for creating sauces that make every recipe unique and delicious! All of your dressings/sauces/dips are so, so good (the chipotle sesame sauce for your broccoli cheese quesadillas are a personal fave). These tacos were no exception and are definitely going in our dinner rotation. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much Whit! I am really glad this one turned out so well for you! xTieghan