Authentic Cochinita Pibil (Spicy Mexican Pulled Pork)


A traditional Mexican dish without the work! I couldn't believe that something that good was SO easy to make. The achiote paste can easily be found at most Mexican grocery stores. Mouthwatering!!!!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 red onion, sliced thin

  • 3 habanero peppers, sliced

  • 10 limes, juiced

  • salt to taste

  • 3 ounces dried guajillo chile peppers, seeded and deveined

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 3 cups fresh orange juice

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 bulb garlic, peeled

  • 7 ½ ounces achiote paste


  1. Combine the onion, habanero peppers, lime juice, and salt in a bowl; cover and refrigerate while preparing and cooking the pork. Use rubber gloves when preparing the habanero peppers and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or skin while slicing peppers.

  2. Place the guajillo peppers in a bowl; pour enough hot water over the peppers to cover. Allow to soak until the peppers are softened, about 10 minutes.

  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet at medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper; cook in the hot oil until completely browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the pork to a slow cooker.

  4. Combine the guajillo peppers, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, and achiote paste in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour the sauce over the pork cubes in the slow cooker.

  5. Cook on High until the pork easily falls apart, 6 to 8 hours. Remove the pork to a serving dish and shred with 2 forks. Pour the achiote sauce over the shredded pork. To serve, top with the onion-habanero salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
25g Fat
40g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 105mg 526%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1027mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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