Arabian Tacos Culinary Treasure from Puebla

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This recipe for the Arabian Tacos is part of a sponsored collaboration with Smithfield and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Arabian Tacos Culinary Treasure from Puebla
Arabian Tacos Culinary Treasure from Puebla

Few weeks ago I visited the beautiful city of Puebla where I first tried the famous Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes. In Mexico there is a large middle eastern community. Many immigrant families from the Middle East chose Mexico as their home many years ago. And they brought with them their traditions, flavors and culinary culture.

Using Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops for making Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes
Using Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops for making Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes

The  or also known in Mexico as “El Trompo” is the grilling technique for cooking meats on a vertical charcoal grill. This technique was brought from the Middle East and has become a tradition in Mexico. With this grilling technique taqueros in Mexico City cook the famous tacos al pastor, a delight that we all Mexicans raised in DF treasure.

Tacos Arabes, Tesoro Culinario de Puebla

Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes

Chef Adriana Martin
The Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla. Made with pork meat marinated in spices, olive oil and lemon juice. And served on freshly baked pita bread.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Dish, Pork, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops 4 pork chops butterflied
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh bay leafs
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 3 bunches of grilling onions seasoned with salt, pepper and cooking oil
  • 12 pita breads
  • 1 cup homemade chipotle sauce

Instructions
 

  • Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops butterflied to get a thinner cut. Combine the olive oil with the lime juice and the spices. Add this to the pork and marinade covered inside the fridge for one hour or longer if desired.
  • Prepare the charcoal grill and when ready take the pork chops out of the fridge and add the cilantro. Cook the pork chops on both sides.
  • Season the grilling onions with salt, pepper and cooking oil and add to the grill along with the pork. When ready take out of the grill and let the onions and the meat rest before slicing.
  • Slice the onions and the pork chops and warm the pita bread on the grill. Stuff each pita bread with the pork, the onions, add few drops of lime juice, cilantro and homemade chipotle sauce.
  • Enjoy the Arabian tacos with agua fresca and end the meal with traditional Santa Clara cookies to get the real Poblano cuisine experience.

Notes

This Arabian tacos are inspired in the original recipe for tacos arabes from Puebla with few adjustments to be able to cook the meat in a charcoal grill instead of a shawarma or "trompo".
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Middle eastern food is characterized by the use of the shawarma to grill meats using direct fire. And pairing the grilled meats with garnishes and side dishes prepared with fresh ingredients. As well as serving freshly baked pita bread.

Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla
Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla

Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla. Puebla’s taqueros take great care in this important job of preparing the best taco arabe in the city. And they are proud of their creations.

Proud taquero from Puebla showing us his craft
Proud taquero from Puebla showing us his craft

Arabian tacos are made with thin pork steaks that have been marinated in lemon juice, garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, olive oil, fresh cilantro and salt. To then be inserted into the shawarma alternating with thick slices of white onion. Then the trompo or shawarma is placed in the vertical charcoal grill and cooked for several hours.

Ready to fix yummy Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes
Ready to fix yummy Arabian Tacos or Tacos Arabes

For serving the tacos, the taquero cuts thin slices of the cooked pork, which are served on a warm pita bread and drizzled with a traditional chipotle sauce made with dried chipotle peppers, vinegar and spices.

Real deal chipotle salsa for Tacos Arabes
Real deal chipotle salsa for Tacos Arabes

The Arabian Tacos are simple but full of flavor. I was pleasantly surprised when I had them and that is why I wanted to bring the secrets that the taquero shared with me to prepare this recipe at home. Which I have modified a bit, because I do not have the shawarma but instead I am grilling the pork in a charcoal grill. Watch the video for details.

For this recipe I am using Smithfield All Natural Boneless Pork Chops, which I have butterflied for a thinner cut. In my kitchen I always choose the best.

And the quality Smithfield Fresh Pork is second to none plus it’s my best cooking secret. Smithfield’s pork meat is high quality, juicy and super fresh. I also like that the Smithfield experts cut the meat by hand.

A complete feast of Arabian Tacos including all the fixings
A complete feast of Arabian Tacos including all the fixings

You can tell the difference, and I feel confident when including Smithfield pork in my menu. As well as using Smithfield fresh pork for my Mexican traditional recipes like this Arabian Tacos. And in favorite Cuban and Latin cuisine dishes that my family enjoys.

I invite you to learn more about Smithfield fresh pork. Visit SaborSmithfield.com where you’ll find more recipe ideas as well as learn about the quality and freshness that Smithfield offers.

Look for Smithfield Fresh Pork at your local store
Look for Smithfield Fresh Pork at your local store

Visit your local Walmart store, where I usually find many of the Smithfield wide variety of pork cuts . Ranging from pork loins to hams, back ribs, pork feet, fresh ground pork meat, pork chops, baby back ribs and much more.

Table set up inspired in traditional poblano elegance
Table set up inspired in traditional poblano elegance

And now that you have all the details try this mouthwatering Arabian Tacos at home. This tacos are perfect addition to your next barbecue at home. Such a treat!

Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla. Made with marinated pork and served on freshly made Arabian bread with chipotle sauce
Arabian tacos are the fast food par excellence in the city of Puebla. Made with marinated pork and served on freshly made Arabian bread with chipotle sauce
Ending the meal with the sweetness of traditional Tortitas de Santa Clara a Poblano Cuisine staple
Ending the meal with the sweetness of traditional Tortitas de Santa Clara a Poblano Cuisine staple

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Molly A.

These became an instant family favorite. It can be so hard to find food that appeals to the pallet of my Nicaraguan husband, but these are just the right flavor profile! And our kids love these, too! The chipotle sauce is ABSOLUTELY essential. I thought I would skip this, but when you said not to, Adriana, I took it to heart. The pork is divine, but the sauce is what makes it perfection. I do serve this on corn tortillas because that is how our family prefers tacos, and I add avocados and a sprinkle of queso fresco. So delicious!

David Elliott

This looks amazing. I would love some of those Arabian tacos. The chipotle sauce looks marvelous. And good with some amazing pork.

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious

I am loving all of that flavor in the marinade. I bet that the pork is packed full of flavor! Cant wait to try this recipe!

Jessica Bradshaw

The look delicious! I love that they are authentic. I am going to have to make these and everyone will be so impressed. Pork tacos are one of my favorite things to order, but I have never tried to make them.

Alaina Bullock

I;ve never heard of these tacos before now. But after reading the ingredients and seeing your gorgeous photos, I know exactly what I am making for dinner tomorrow night! Cannot wait to give it a try!

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