Mayan Kitchen’s Pastor Marinade Recipe

A Saucy Little Mix

Marinades are an easy way to make everyday meals a little bolder. A good marinade can tenderize and add moisture to your meat while infusing flavor beyond the surface level, ensuring that each bite is perfectly delicious. With this recipe from local restaurant Mayan Kitchen, you can skip the store-bought stuff in just a few simple steps.

Photography by Rich Smith


mayan marinade ingredients

Mayan Kitchen's Pastor Marinade

Benjamin Lemus, Owner
Yields approximately ½ gallon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, mayan


  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 medium-size red pepper
  • ancho peppers
  • quajillo peppers
  • ½ large onion
  • cloves garlic
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Pinch of saffron
  • Pinch of achiote
  • 1 pint pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup lard
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds


  • Blend tomato, red pepper, ancho peppers, guajillo peppers, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, saffron, achiote, and pineapple juice until smooth, then pour into a large mixing bowl.
  • Over medium heat, pan-fry sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds in lard until the seeds are golden brown, then pour the contents of the pan into the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the pepper mixture back into the blender with the seed mixture and blend until incorporated.
  • Let cool and use with your favorite protein.
Keyword chicken marinade, chicken marinade recipe, marinade, pastor marinade, steak marinade

Benjamin Lemus, Owner

Benjamin Lemus, Owner

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