Cochinita Pibil Recipe: A Delicious Mexican Pork Dish

Discover the traditional flavor of Cochinita Pibil with this authentic recipe. Impress your friends and family with this delicious Mexican pork dish.

Cochinita Pibil is a popular Mexican pork dish that is loved by many. This dish is made by slow-cooking pork that has been marinated in spices and citrus. It is a must-try for those who enjoy bold and flavorful dishes. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make this traditional dish in the comfort of your own home.


  • 4 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp achiote paste
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 8-10 banana leaves, thawed (if using frozen)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, achiote paste, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  2. Add the pork to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  4. Line a large roasting pan with banana leaves, making sure to overlap the edges.
  5. Remove the pork from the marinade and place it in the roasting pan.
  6. Top the pork with the sliced onions.
  7. Fold the banana leaves over the pork to completely cover it.
  8. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and place it in the oven.
  9. Bake the pork for 2-3 hours, or until it is tender and cooked through.
  10. Serve the Cochinita Pibil hot, garnished with chopped cilantro.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you cannot find banana leaves, you can use aluminum foil or parchment paper as a substitute.
  • For a spicier dish, you can add more achiote paste or cumin to the marinade.
  • For a smoky flavor, you can also slow-cook the pork on a grill or smoker instead of in the oven.


  • You can also add additional ingredients to the marinade, such as diced jalapeños or diced pineapple.

Cochinita Pibil is a delicious Mexican pork dish that is perfect for those who enjoy bold and flavorful dishes. By following this step-by-step recipe, you can create a traditional and authentic dish that is sure to impress your friends and family. With the combination of slow-cooked pork, spices, and citrus, this dish is a mouthwatering experience that you won’t forget. Serve it with warm tortillas and a side of rice for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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