- 2 lbs pork butt roast with bone
- 2 tbsp achiote paste
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 habanero peppers – seeded and chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 red onions – sliced into rings
Cochiniata Pibil is one of those dishes that has become popularized around the world through movies and folk lore. It is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish that originates from the Yucatan Peninsula. Typically, you prepare cochinita by marinating it with strong citric juices, seasoned with annatto seed, and roasted while wrapped in a banana leaf. The dish is easily recognized due to its strong burnt orange color. You can eat it alone, use it to fill your tacos, or just over rice. Whichever way you choose to eat it, you’ll definitely be satisfied.
This dish has a lot going on in it. Like most Latin cuisine, this dish has a high citric content. That’s all for the best because citrus is one of those things that your body needs to be healthy. Citrus helps to prevent and treat some of the most basic sicknesses known to mankind like scurvy and the common cold. It also helps to prevent cancers, boost cellular repair and the metabolism, and detoxify the body.
How to make Cochinita Pibil
Cochinita Pibil is the favorite food of Johnny Depp's character in the movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico.