Authentic Cochinita Pibil (Spicy Mexican Pulled Pork)

Authentic Cochinita Pibil (Spicy Mexican Pulled Pork)

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"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!!!!"


6 h 55 m servings 468 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 468 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 24.9 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 39.6g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 27.1 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 89 mg
  • 30%
  • Sodium:
  • 317 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.
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  1. 15 Ratings


I'm Mexican, and I love when people try authentic Mexican food and not just the popular tex-mex style. Just a couple of things: For the onions and pepers, you can use a mixture of orange and lim...

Delicious!!! I didn't expect that this was going to be that GOOD. I would rate it 10 if I could. I haven't had something that exquisite in a long time. Being easy to prepare is a bonus. We made ...

Lo Mejor! I'm going to have to stock up on achiote paste, because this made a fantastico slow-cooker meal. We sprinkled with a little cotija cheese and served with tortillas. Too easy and too go...

This is the REAL thing!! Finally an authentic Mexican recipe without cumin!!! Traditional Cochinita Pibil does include habanero peppers... they are extremely hot. If they're too much for you...

Giving it four stars only because I very loosely based last night's pulled pork on this - I'm sure it's great as written, but my 6-year-old is anti-spicy, and I have only my own stash of hot sau...

We liked this a lot! It is such an easy way to make puerco pibil. I saw another recipe that added 1.5 TB of cinnamon and bay leaves so I added those (8 bay leaves). I also took the advice of ano...

This recipe wasn't as flavorful as I'd hoped. The pork swam in the sauce, I suspect this was the problem. Most other recipes I see for this use much less liquid. That said, the pork was very moi...

This was a hit!!!! Didn't make enough though. Definitely will make again.

I generally love Mexican food even very spicy recipes. But this one I really did not like. First time I tried Achiote paste. Can't say I am a great fan.