Sheet Pan Chicken Tacos Al Pastor

The most delicious chicken tacos al pastor with juicy pineapple and a tangy chipotle marinade. This sheet pan taco recipe is quick, easy and will have dinner on the table in under an hour!

When it comes to tacos…more is MORE! Check out: Carne Asada Tacos (Street Taco Style!) as well as Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw and Avocado Crema to take Taco Tuesday to the next level!

Two white and blue enamel plates filled with chicken tacos topped with salsa on a tile background.

**Sheet Pan Chicken Tacos al Pastor has been the most popular recipe here at Craving California for a long time! I’m so glad that so many people have found and loved this one. This post has been updated with fresh photos, a step by step video tutorial and extra tips and tricks. The actual recipe, ingredients, measurements and cook time have not been changed.**

These super-simple sheet tray chicken tacos are inspired by my favorite taco truck in Los Angeles, Leo’s. I have been going to Leo’s for years, they make the best spicy, juicy tacos al pastor.

Traditionally tacos al pastor are made up of thin slices of pork that has been slow-roasted on a vertical spit (like Middle Eastern kebab). The pork is marinated in a combination of different spices, dried chilis, and pineapple. The tacos are made fresh to order and served in warm corn tortillas. There’s really nothing quite like it!

This sheet-pan version is designed to replicate the flavors of traditional tacos al pastor while still being manageable to make at home, even on a busy weeknight. It’s as simple as marinating the chicken, tossing it on a baking tray with fresh pineapple and popping it in the oven. While the chickens in the oven gather your toppings and warm the tortillas. Start to finish this recipe is ready in less than 45 minutes!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Here’s what you need to make Sheet Pan Chicken Tacos al Pastor: boneless, skinless chicken thighs, pineapple (fresh is best but frozen/canned works too), canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, tomato paste, honey, garlic, corn tortillas, cilantro, onion and limes and radish slices for serving.

A stack of corn tortillas, small bowls of ingredients like; tomato paste, honey, sliced radish, chopped cilantro and onion. A small white bowl of pineapple, a can of chipotle peppers and a tray of raw chicken.

Let’s talk salsa! You can certainly go the store-bought route but if have the time homemade salsa is always worth the effort. My favorite street-taco style salsa is this Creamy Avocado Salsa. It’s tangy, creamy and not too spicy. A classic Tomatillo Salsa is also a great option as well as this fresh and mild Heirloom Tomato Pico de Gallo.

How to Make Chicken Tacos Al Pastor:

Step 1. Marinate the Chicken

Whisk together the marinade ingredients and then toss with the chicken until evenly coated. Let sit for at least ten minutes or up to 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Raw, marinated chicken thighs in a white bowl on a white tile backdrop.

Step 2. Bake

Arrange the marinated chicken and pineapple on the sheet pan. Cook for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. For extra caramelization broil for an additional 5 minutes.

Left: a baking tray with marinated (raw) chicken and pineapple chunks. Right: a baking tray with cooked chicken and pineapple on a tile background.

Step 3. Assemble and Serve

Roughly chop the chicken and pineapple. Serve with warm corn tortillas, cilantro and onion, salsa and lime wedges.

A white plate with three chicken tacos topped with green salsa, chopped onion and cilantro.

FAQs and Recipe Tips and Tricks:

What is “al pastor”?

Al Pastor translates to “shepherd style” a reference to the Lebanese immigrants that came to Mexico and brought with them lamb shawarma–cooked on a vertical spit. Traditionally, tacos al pastor are made up of thin slices of pork shoulder, marinated in a combination of different spices and dried chilis, then slow-roasted on a rotating spit with fresh pineapple at the top. Tacos al pastor are often referred to colloquially as “al pastor” or even just “pastor”.

What is Chipotle in Adobo?

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños rehydrated and canned in a sweet and tangy purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and some other spices. They are absolutely delicious and add a ton of flavor to many different Mexican salsa and marinades.

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Two white and blue enamel plates filled with chicken tacos topped with salsa on a tile background.

Sheet Pan Chicken Tacos Al Pastor

The most delicious chicken tacos al pastor with juicy pineapple and tangy chipotle marinade.
4.97 from 52 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 634kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 heaping cup fresh pineapple chunks


  • 1 large chipotle chile in adobo, plus 2 tbsp. adobo sauce chopped
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 tbsp salt

For Serving:

  • Creamy Avocado Salsa
  • 12 tortillas corn or flour
  • 1 bunch cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3-4 radishes thinly sliced
  • 3-4 juicy limes


  • Preheat the oven to 425. In a large bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients. Toss the chicken with the marinade until it is evenly coated. Let marinate for at least ten minutes or up to 24 hours in the refridgerator.
  • Arrange the marinated chicken on a sheet tray. Scatter the pineapple slices over the chicken. Bake for 25 minutes, turning halfway through. After 25 minutes turn the oven to broil and broil for five minutes or until the chicken and pineapple are caramelized and slightly charred. Take the sheet pan out of the oven and squeeze the juice of two limes over the chicken and pineapple.
  • Roughly chop the chicken then serve with warm tortillas, salsa, extra lime wedges, radish slices, onions, and cilantro. Enjoy immediately!


Ingredient Notes and Substitutions: 
  • Chicken Thighs: Dark meat chicken thighs stay juicier than chicken breasts. But if you’re “anti-thigh” you can certainly use white meat. You may need to adjust the cooking time.
  • Pineapple: Fresh is best, but canned will work too.
  • Chipotles in Adobo: Smoked jalapeños rehydrated and canned in a sweet and tangy purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and some other spices. These peppers are super spicy but combined with honey and tomato paste their heat is perfectly mellowed.
  • Cilantro and Onions: Chopped cilantro and onions are a staple at the taco truck and one my favorite topping!
  • Tortillas: Flour or corn, either work. When buying corn tortillas look for ones that are soft and pliable. I heat them up under a damp paper towel in the microwave.
  • Creamy Avocado Salsa: This salsa recipe is so easy to make and lasts in the fridge for up to a week! If you don’t have the time to make fresh salsa store-bought is fine. I do suggest going with a fresh tomatillo salsa for the best flavor!


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 2709mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. 4 stars
    So simple yet so tasty! Followed the directions exactly, though is 1 tbsp of salt correct for the marinade? Seemed a bit much, so I only threw in 1 tsp and was so thankful I did as the Chipotle peppers gave the chicken great flavor.

    I also made the suggested creamy avocado salsa, but the onion and garlic completely overpowered. I made a second batch omitting the onion and garlic and it complemented the tacos very well.

    Will definitely add this to the rotation as it was simple and delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s hard finding something to make that both my boys like for dinner. This was a hit and will definitely be making it often!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh. This recipe is simple and easy to make, but way more than the sum of its parts. I never thought baked chicken could be crispy, but I was wrong. Delicious.

  4. 5 stars
    HE BETTER PUT A RING ON IT. I made my boyfriend this – it’s his favorite at our local Mexican restaurant and he said THIS WAS BETTER. Like boom. It was so easy (and I hate cooking chicken)! The hardest part was finding the chipotle in abodo sauce at the grocery store – but it was there! Thanks so much for this recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    This has become a regular in the rotation in our house. SO flavorful and delicious. My husband has also smoked the chicken and pineapples on the traeger and it is next level (but still amazing in the regular oven). Definitely make the tomatillo avocado salsa too!!!

  6. 5 stars
    Banger of a recipe. I used 1/3 to 1/2 chipotle since I’m not big on heat and it was perfect, maybe a lingering 2/10.

    If you’re trying to plan for meals, I found that 2 thighs makes 3 generous street tacos, so figure roughly 2 thighs per person.

    As others have said, don’t skip the broiling or the lime. Both bring the flavors together.

    Can’t wait to rock some burritos with my leftovers. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      I made this because I love Chipotle’s version and knew it would eventually go away so wanted to have a similar recipe. This was very similar but better. Loved the pineapple in it. I used three chilis and it was pretty spicy but oh man! Definitely a keeper.

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve lived in LA for 12+ years and think I’m pretty discerning when it comes to tacos. 🙂 This recipe was delicious and way easier than I thought it would be! I love the look of your blog, too! Super cute.

  8. 5 stars
    Never in a million years dreamed I could make this sheet pan style. Absolutely scrumptious and so easy to put together. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing! I made it with canned pineapple chunks (chopped up a little smaller) and it was still delicious. I could eat this all day every day!

  10. 5 stars
    So good! I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand. Please don’t skip the broiling step – it makes a huge difference. Will definitely be making again – thank you for a great recipe that is perfect for busy nights!