• Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 4 hours
  • Serves: 4

Cochinita Pibil Recipe

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 Ingredients List

  • 2 tablespoons annatto or achiote seeds
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 clove
  • 2 allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup seville orange juice or 1/2 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 3 pound pork butt
  • banana leaves or foil


Grind the annatto seeds, oregano, peppercorns, cumin, clove, allspice and cinnamon in a grinder until powdered.
Blend the ground mixture along with the salt, garlic and orange juice in a blender. (If possible let sit overnight and blend again.)
Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes and marinate in the mixture, covered, in the fridge for several hours to overnight.
Wrap the pork along with the marinade in banana leaves or foil and place it in a large baking dish.
Bake in a preheated 325F/170C oven until falling apart tender, about 3-4 hours.

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