Cochinita Pibil (Puerco Pibil) from Closet Cooking

A tasty slow roasted pork marinated in sour oranges and red annatto seeds.

Servings: makes 4-8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons annatto or achiote seeds 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 2/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 3 pound pork butt
  • banana leaves or foil
  1. Grind the annatto seeds, oregano, peppercorns, cumin, clove, allspice and cinnamon in a grinder until powdered.
  2. Blend the ground mixture along with the salt, garlic and orange juice in a blender. (If possible let sit overnight and blend again.)
  3. Cut the pork into 1 inch cubes and marinate in the mixture, covered, in the fridge for several hours to overnight.
  4. Wrap the pork along with the marinade in banana leaves or foil and place it in a large baking dish.
  5. Bake in a preheated 325F oven until falling apart tender, about 3-4 hours.