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Cheesy SPAM® Pastor Tacos

May 27, 2020


Chef Jordan Andino beautifully blends Mexican & Filipino flavors in this recipe

Chef Jordan Andino welcomed viewers from around the globe into his kitchen this week to unveil his recipe for cheesy SPAM® pastor tacos & share a few basic kitchen hacks.

That’s the key here, all because I’m using SPAM® products, it’s quick, easy and delicious.

Chef Jordan Andino

Cheesy SPAM® Pastor Tacos

  • Total Time

    35 minutes
  • Serves

    10 tacos
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican blend seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) can SPAM® Classic, cut into 18 sticks
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup minced white onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 6 ounces queso fresco cheese
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges


In large bowl, whisk together pineapple in juice, lemon juice, Mexican seasoning and sugar. Add SPAM® Classic and marinate 10 minutes.

Heat large skillet over high heat 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high and add ¼ cup oil. Heat 10 seconds. Carefully add SPAM® Classic and marinade to skillet. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until meat is dark golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet; set aside.

In small bowl, stir together onion and cilantro.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat 1½ minutes. Add 1 teaspoon oil and 2 to 3 tablespoons cheese in a circle slightly smaller than corn tortilla. Place tortilla over cheese and cook 30 seconds. Carefully turn cheese and tortilla over; cook 10 seconds longer. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining oil, cheese and tortillas.

Top each tortilla with SPAM® mixture, onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Makes 10.

When not cooking for Instagram audiences during quarantine, Andino is the host of “Late Nite Eats” on the Cooking Channel, and the chef/owner of Flip Sigi, a restaurant with two locations in in New York City, specializing in Filipino cuisine. The SPAM® brand first partnered with the chef during the 2017 Tiny House of Sizzle tour where he debuted a Spicy SPAM® Breakfast Burrito recipe.

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