Cochifrito is a traditional dish from Puerto Rico that is typically made with pork. The pork is cooked in a sofrito, which is a mixture of onions, garlic, green peppers, and cilantro. It is then fried and served with a variety of dipping sauces.


-1 lb. pork shoulder
-1/2 cup sofrito
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon cumin
-1/4 teaspoon oregano
-1/4 teaspoon paprika
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon onion powder
-1/4 teaspoon turmeric
-1/4 teaspoon chili powder
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-2 cups chicken broth
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-2 tablespoons sugar
-1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
-1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


1. In a large pot, combine the pork shoulder, sofrito, olive oil, salt, black pepper, cumin, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, chili powder, and flour.
2. Stir until the pork is evenly coated with the spices.
3. Add the chicken broth, white vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cilantro.
4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the pork is cooked through.
5. Remove the pork from the pot and shred with a fork.
6. Serve with dipping sauces of your choice.

Potential changes & improvements

-You could use pork loin or pork chops instead of pork shoulder.
-If you want a more traditional cochifrito, you can deep fry the pork instead of cooking it in the broth.
-Try serving it with a dipping sauce made from mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.

What other food it works well with


Common Mistakes

-Not shredding the pork enough: The pork should be shredded into small pieces so that it can be easily dipped in the sauce.
-Not cooking the pork long enough: The pork should be cooked until it is very tender and falling apart.
-Not using enough sofrito: The sofrito should be evenly distributed throughout the dish so that every bite has some flavor.

Nutritional Information

-Calories: 644
-Fat: 45 g
-Saturated Fat: 12 g
-Cholesterol: 107 mg
-Sodium: 755 mg
-Carbohydrates: 28 g
-Fiber: 3 g
-Sugar: 15 g
-Protein: 28 g


-Olive oil
-Chicken broth
-White vinegar
-Worcestershire sauce

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