Easy Cochinita Pibil (Mexican Pulled Pork) Recipe

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Leona Published: January 6, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021
Easy Cochinita Pibil (Mexican Pulled Pork) Recipe

How To Make Easy Cochinita Pibil (Mexican Pulled Pork)

This cochinita pibil is made with pulled pork shoulder cooked with citrus juice and achiote paste for a blend of tangy and savory flavors.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes



  • 4-5lbspork shoulder or pork loin,cut in 1½-inch chunks
  • 1cuporange juice,freshly-squeezed
  • cuplime juice,freshly-squeezed
  • ozachiote paste,(1 package)
  • 1tspground cumin
  • sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

For Suggested Serving:

  • pickled red onions
  • fresh cilantro,chopped
  • fresh lime wedges
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • guacamole
  • refried beans
  • crumbled cotija cheese


  1. Prep the marinade by combining the achiote paste, orange juice, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor.  Pulse briefly until combined.

  2. Place the pork in the bowl of the pressure cooker or slow cooker, then drizzle the pork evenly with the marinade.  Toss briefly to combine.  (Then rinse out the blender, so that the achiote does not stain it.)

  3. Place the lid on the pressure cooker (setting the vent to “sealing”) or slow cooker.  Then either pressure cook the pork on manual for 40 minutes, followed by a 15-minute natural release.  Or slow cook the pork on High for 5 hours or on Low for 8 hours, until the pork is tender and shreds easily with a fork.

  4. Remove the lid, then use two forks to shred the pork into bite-sized pieces, and toss it briefly with the remaining juices.

  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

  6. Serve warm, garnished with pickled red onions and chopped fresh cilantro, plus any additional toppings.


  • Calories: 445.18kcal
  • Fat: 32.77g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.33g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14.58g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.51g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.32g
  • Fiber: 0.40g
  • Sugar: 2.39g
  • Protein: 31.52g
  • Cholesterol: 128.82mg
  • Sodium: 523.51mg
  • Calcium: 37.54mg
  • Potassium: 630.97mg
  • Iron: 2.19mg
  • Vitamin A: 14.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 19.15mg
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