Recipe Details

Cochinita Pibil is traditional shredded pork from the Mexican Yucatan peninsula, marinated with Red Recado and citrus juices.   

This recipe was developed for the Flavor Forecast: Looking Back to Look Forward.

Yucatan Red Recado

  1. In a blender combine lime juice, orange juice, garlic, annatto paste, salt, coriander, oregano, cumin, black pepper and clove. Blend until smooth. Hold refrigerated until needed.

Cochinita Pibil

  1. In a bowl whisk together Yucatan Red Recado, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, bay leaves and allspice.
  2. Place pork in a hotel pan. Cover with mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  3. Set oven to 325°F. Remove pork from refrigerator and allow to come up in temperature. Cover hotel pan with foil and bake until pork is very tender, about 2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Shred pork and combine with liquid from pan. Serve hot as desired.


Pair this pork with Pickled Red Onions and Habanero and use in tacos, burritos, or quesadillas!