Recipe courtesy of Guisados

Guisados' Cochinita Pibil Tacos

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 12 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 4 hr
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Citrus Marinated Pork:

2/3 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons achiote paste

2 pounds pork shoulder

10 whole peppercorns

6 bay leaves

2 cloves garlic

1 white onion, diced

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Any of your favorite spices (such as 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, paprika or chili powder)

Serving Ideas:

Corn tortillas

Vinegar-pickled onions

Your favorite habanero salsa (the hotter the better!)

Chopped fresh cilantro

Lime wedges


  1. For the pork: Blend the lemon juice, orange juice, vinegar and achiote paste together. Pour the mixture over the pork in a large cooking pot and let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. The following day, add 2 cups water, the peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, onion, your favorite spices, and some salt and pepper. Let the pork cook over low heat for 3 to 4 hours. When the meat is tender and falling apart, it's ready.
  3. Serve with hot corn tortillas and your favorite garnishes.