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.
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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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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