Cochinita Pibil is a traditional Yucatan slow-roasted pork dish that is marinated in citrus juices and achiote paste, giving it a gorgeous golden hue and fall apart tenderness.
This recipe hails from Executive Chef-Owner Rodrigo Abrajan at Casa Bond Noho. The stylish restaurant is dishing refined Mexican cuisine on the Bowery in New York, and Chef Rodrigo offers a variety of dishes, including Cochinita Pibil.
What is Cochinita Pibil?
Cochinita Pibil is a traditional dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is a slow-roasted pork dish that is marinated in citrus juices and achiote paste, which gives it a distinct orange color. The dish is typically served with pickled onions and tortillas. It has a long history in Mayan cuisine and continues to be a popular dish in the region and beyond.
What is the traditional way to make Cochinita Pibil?
In Yucatan, there is a traditional way of making Cochinita Pibil which involves burying a pig in a pit called a pib. The pit is filled with hot stones and live wood and the pig is cooked slowly for many hours until it becomes tender. Before burying the pig in the pit, it is rubbed with a mixture of achiote, garlic, spices, and bitter orange juice which creates a bright red paste. The pig is then wrapped in banana leaves and left to cook slowly for hours. Once cooked, the meat is so tender that it can easily be pulled apart. It is served in its own juices with hot tortillas and pickled onions.
Executive Chef-Owner Rodrigo Abrajan’s simpler version for home cooks involves baking a small piece of pork in the pressure cooker or baked in an oven for a few hours.
What is the best part of the pork to use for Cochinita Pibil ?
The best part of the pork to use for Cochinita Pibil is the pork shoulder. This cut of meat has enough fat to keep it moist and tender during the long cooking process, making it perfect for slow-roasting and shredding. Additionally, the pork shoulder is a relatively affordable cut of meat, making this traditional Mexican dish accessible to a wide range of people.
Cochinita Pibil is a versatile dish that can be used in many different ways. Here are some serving suggestions:
1. Tacos: Cochinita Pibil is a popular filling for tacos. Simply heat up some corn tortillas, add the shredded pork, and top with pickled onions and cilantro for a delicious and authentic Mexican taco.
2. Sandwiches: Cochinita Pibil can also be used as a filling for sandwiches. Try pairing it with avocado, tomato, and a spicy mayo for a tasty sandwich.
3. Rice and beans: Cochinita Pibil can be served over a bed of rice and beans for a hearty and filling meal.
4. Quesadillas: Use Cochinita Pibil as a filling for quesadillas along with some Oaxaca cheese and serve with guacamole and salsa.
5. Nachos: Top a bed of tortilla chips with Cochinita Pibil, cheese, and jalapeños for a delicious and easy appetizer.
6. Enchiladas: Use Cochinita Pibil as a filling for enchiladas along with some cheese and serve with salsa and sour cream on top. These are just a few of the many ways you can use Cochinita Pibil to create delicious and authentic Mexican dishes.Print