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Al Pastor Rice

Al Pastor Rice – Rice made from the cooking liquid from slow cooking pollo tacos al pastor.Al Pastor Rice ~ The Complete SavoristWhen I do any type of braising, I loathe to toss out that liquid. It has so much flavor that it should be used in some other way. This wasn’t a planned recipe. I finished making my tacos and that beautiful liquid literally called out to me to be used.

Rice seemed like perfect way to use it up. I love my grandma’s Spanish RiceΒ and I love Cilantro Lime Rice, but this rice was altogether different. Spicy, sweet, and the perfect accompaniment to the pollo tacos al pastor.

Fret not. Want this rice but don’t have the cooking liquid? I’ll walk you through that too. Now I tagged this as vegan/vegetarian as well because if you are making it from scratch and use vegetable broth, it’s vegan.

Like I said, I hadn’t planned to make this, but I couldn’t stand to toss the cooking liquid. I just quickly snapped a couple of pictures, so they quality is lacking a bit. I debated whether to scrap the post because of the pictures, but I truly loved the flavor of the rice, so I thought, eh, why not?!

And stay tuned, I had left over rice and used it a very delicious stuffed peppers dish. That will be out some time next week.Al Pastor Rice ~ The Complete Savorist

Al Pastor Rice

Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 2 cups long grain white rice

With Cooking liquid

  • 3 1/2 cups cooking liquid
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

Without cooking liquid

  • 1 chipotle (from chipotle in adobo can)
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 2 tbsp white onion
  • 1/2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of oregano (Mexican, if possible)
  • 1-8 oz can pineapple with juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ~ 2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable) +/-
  • Salt/Pepper to taste


Without cooking liquid

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, except the broth. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add enough broth to equal 4 cups of liquid

Cooking with a rice cooker

  1. Add the liquid and the rice to a rice cooker and press cook.

Stove top cooking

  1. Read package directions and cook accordingly, which is approximately:
  2. Bring rice to boil over medium heat while covered, allow to cook for about 10 minutes, reduce the heat to low and cook additional 20 minutes covered.

Al Pastor Rice ~ The Complete Savorist

Al Pastor Rice ~ The Complete Savorist

Al Pastor Rice ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2015 at 12:36 am

    This looks amazing, and I actually just opened a can of chipotles so I have some in the fridge! Can’t wait to try this.

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    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    August 6, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I absolutely love this recipe Michelle! Great idea for using braising liquid, which reminds me that I need to braise more often! For now, I think I’ll try your other variation.

    • Reply
      August 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      It’s like liquid cooking gold.

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    Christine from Cook the Story
    August 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

    There’s so much sweet and spicy flavor going on in this rice. It looks delicious!

    • Reply
      August 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Oh yes, sweet and definitely spicy.

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    August 7, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Genius idea. Absolutely genius. Definitely trying this next time I braise anything! I’m guessing it would work beautifully with risotto too…

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    August 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I love flavored rice! And this looks absolutley delicious!

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    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    August 10, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I love Al Pastor tacos!! Fabulous idea using the cooking liquid from the roast in the rice!!

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    August 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I am with you on not wanting to throw out cooking liquid!! It has so much flavor and is very versatile!! I love how you have used it to make this delicious rice πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Thank you Becky. That cooking liquid is cooking gold.

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    Diana Rambles
    August 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    My kids would love this rice!

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    justine @ Full Belly SIsters
    August 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    I’ve got to make this for my husband, he’d love it!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Hope he does, thanks Justine.

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    August 18, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I never throw out cooking liquid. Why pay for broth when you can cook your grains in the super flavorful liquid from your yummy recipe. I’ll bet this rice was a winner with your chicken dinner! πŸ˜‰

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    August 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    This rice looks delicious and I love the use of pineapple juice.

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 1:05 am

      The pineapple juice gave it a nice sweet twist.

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    August 18, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Michelle this rice looks so pretty and flavorful! I bet it would be a great stuffing for peppers! i have so many peppers i may try this out and have the family over. Looks so good!

    • Reply
      August 19, 2015 at 1:06 am

      You and I are on the same wave length. I did make stuffed peppers with it. Look for it next week.

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    August 19, 2015 at 1:13 am

    This is my type of rice! I love using stocks etc. I love the flavors and its color!

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    August 19, 2015 at 8:08 am

    This looks like an amazing rice dish, always looking for ways to spice up rice!!

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    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    August 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I’ll bet the pineapple with the pepper gives this rice an amazing flavor. Super yum!

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    August 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Gorgeous rice dish! It sounds so easy and flavorsome πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Nicole, it is super easy.

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    Jillian @ Food, Folks and Fun
    August 19, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    We love rice at our house, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • Reply
      August 20, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Hope you all enjoy it.

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