Crew’s Mess: by Capt. John Wampler
Mexico is one of my favorite countries to cruise through. There is a distinction between the Caribbean and Pacific sides of the country – the music, the proud indigenous people and the food differ. I prefer the Pacific over the Caribbean when it comes to food, though the Mayan cuisine of the Yucatan holds its own mystique.
One of my favorite comfort foods, no matter which coast, is Tacos al Pastor. On most street corners you will find a taco shop with a vertical spit (think gyro) called a “trompo,” on which marinated pork is spun around and cooked in front of an open flame. At the top of the spit there is usually peeled pineapple cooking.
A “taquero” slices the cooked pork onto a corn tortilla, followed by a piece of the pineapple, finely chopped onion and cilantro. It is served with salsa rojo (red) or verde (green).
This simple recipe mimics these tasty tacos – no trompo needed.
Capt. John Wampler (yachtaide.com) has worked on yachts for more than 30 years. His recipes are casual enough for anyone to prepare. Comments are welcome below.