Cochinita pibil (Yucatan-style pulled pork)

Have you heard of Cochinita Pibil? This is a traditional recipe in Mexican cuisine! It is delicious, elaborate, and great to prepare it by the entire family… yes. like a fiesta – Mexican style!

Our Executive Chef Hipolito de Anda shares this Yucatan-style pulled pork, a special dish popular in Cancun. Enjoy!

Cochinita pibil (Yucatan-style pulled pork)


  • 3.3 lbs. of lean pork cut in cubes
  • 3 oz. of achiote paste
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 4 banana leaves
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or melted lard
  • Salt to tasteFor the Sauce
  • 6 habanero or manzano peppers
  • 2 cups of chopped purple onion
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • Salt to taste

Mix lemon juice, orange juice, achiote paste, and salt in a bowl. Once the ingredients are completely mixed, pour over the meat, cover, and refrigerate for at least four hours.

Grill the banana leaves so they soften but do not split. Once softened, lay the leaves across a rectangular baking dish, place the marinated meat on top, and add the vegetable oil or melted lard. Cover the meat with the tips of the leaves and spray them with water to prevent them from getting burned. Cover completely with aluminum foil.

Preheat oven to 330º F. Bake for two hours. Make sure the pork is tender enough that it essentially falls apart. If not, keep baking until it does.

For the sauce:
Prepare the sauce about four hours before serving the meat. In a bowl, mix the chopped onion, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Grill, peel, and chop the peppers and add them to the sauce. Serve the sauce on the side.


Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita Pibil



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