This tacos de al pastor dish is so important to the work that I do as a chef. I want folks to know that eating plant-based in our Mexican culture means that we’re still going to eat tacos and all the things that we love.

It’s important to me because the more that I see our communities suffering from preventable diseases, I believe we can begin to heal by eating more healthy, more plant-based, while keeping our traditions alive.

Find our al pastor ingredient list below and cook along with chef Jocelyn on Origins: Chef’s Stories as she discusses how the generations before her have inspired Todo Verde’s recipes and how the generations to come motivate her work as a plant-based chef and business-owner.

La Comida es Medicina

Jackfruit Al Pastor


3 ½ tablespoons achiote paste

¼ cup orange juice

¼ cup pineapple juice

3 cans green jackfruit, drained, rinsed, squeezed dry and coarsely chopped

½ cup canola oil, plus more if needed

2 tablespoons ground cumin

½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ pineapple, diced

2 lemons, cut into wedges

Serve with:

Tortillas Hechas a Mano


2 cups organic masa harina

2-3 cups hot water

¼ cup canola oil

Salt to taste

Salsa de Aguacate


½ ripe Hass avocados

3 large tomatillo, husks removed and fire-roasted

¼ bunch cilantro

1 jalapeno, de-stemmed and fire-roasted

1-2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 lemon, zested

1 tsp or more salt, to taste

January 16, 2021