Cochinita Pibil


Introduction

Cochinita Pibil is a traditional Mexican dish that is typically made with pork. The pork is marinated in a mixture of sour orange juice, achiote paste, and other spices, and then slow-cooked until it is very tender.

Ingredients

-1 kg pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into large pieces

-1/2 cup sour orange juice

-1/4 cup achiote paste

-2 tablespoons cumin

-1 tablespoon garlic powder

-1 tablespoon oregano

-1 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon black pepper

-1/4 cup olive oil

-2 onions, sliced

-6-8 cloves garlic, minced

-2 cups chicken broth

-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

-1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Method

1. In a large bowl, combine the sour orange juice, achiote paste, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.

2. Add the pork pieces and coat evenly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

3. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

4. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.

5. Add the pork and marinade, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 hours, or until the pork is very tender.

6. Add the apple cider vinegar and cilantro and cook for another 5 minutes.

Description of the food

Cochinita Pibil is a traditional Mexican dish that is typically made with pork. The pork is marinated in a mixture of sour orange juice, achiote paste, and other spices, and then slow-cooked until it is very tender. The dish is often served with rice and beans, and is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves before cooking.

Potential changes & improvements

-You could use a different type of meat in this dish, such as chicken or beef.

-If you can’t find sour orange juice, you can use a combination of orange juice and lime juice.

-The dish can be made spicier by adding more achiote paste, or by adding some chopped jalapeños to the mixture.

What other food it works well with

Cochinita Pibil goes well with rice, beans, and tortillas. It can also be served with a salad or salsa on the side.

Common Mistakes

-One common mistake is to not marinate the pork for long enough. It is important to marinate the pork for at least 4 hours, or overnight, in order to get the full flavor.

-Another common mistake is to overcook the pork. The pork should be cooked until it is very tender, but not falling apart.

Nutritional Information

-1 serving (1/6 of recipe) contains approximately 534 calories, 33 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, and 37 grams of protein.

Allergens

This recipe contains the following allergens: pork, cumin, garlic, oregano, and olive oil.


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