Cochinita Pibil Mayan Pork Roast Recipe

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Time: 90 minutes



  1. pork butt
  2. achiote paste cubes
  3. orange, juice of
  4. lime, juice of
  5. white vinegar
  6. ground allspice
  7. salt and pepper
  8. banana leaves
  9. corn tortilla
  10. red onion
  11. whole allspice
  12. whole black peppercorns
  13. habanero pepper


  1. to make the marinade:
  2. in a large glass or plastic dish use a fork to dissolve the anatto paste in the orange and lime juice and the vinegar
  3. add the all-spice
  4. rinse and pat the pork roast dry
  5. remove and discard any fat lumps
  6. rub the salt and pepper all over the meat and place in the dish with the marinade
  7. turn the meat to cover it in the marinade
  8. let marinate for at least 1 hour , but no more than 6 hours , in the refrigerator , turning occasionally
  9. take the meat out of the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes
  10. meanwhile , turn on a burner in you stove to low heat
  11. unfold the banana leaves and toast them very lightly , one by one , directly over the flame , do this using gloves or kitchen thongs , being very careful not to burn the leaves , you only want them to soften a bit
  12. place enough banana leaves to cover the bottom of a roasting pan and place the meat on top
  13. pour as much of the marinade on the meat as you can and then cover the meat with the rest of the banana leaves , making sure that there are no gaps between the leaves
  14. place the pan in the oven and roast for an hour , or until the meat is well done and very tender
  15. meanwhile , mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and let marinate as the meat cooks
  16. to serve , pull or cut the meat into shreds , divide into portions and let each person make their own tacos , topping them with the sliced onion salsa

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