Carne al pastor

Al pastor meat was originally a take on sharwarma, a Lebanese classic brought by its people to Mexico around the turn of the 20th century. Thousands of Lebanese immigrants found safe refuge in Mexico at that time, especially during the crumbling Ottoman Empire.

By the 1930s, they had begun to open restaurants specializing in sharwarma, traditional pita-style-wrapped grilled lamb sandwiches. They were known as tacos arabes – Arab tacos.