Yucatan Style Mexican Pulled Pork: Cochinita Pibil

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This year the Super Bowl is Sunday February 12h, 2023 Here’s a great Super Bowl party recipe with an international spin with Yucatan style Mexican pulled pork aka cochinita pibil.

The truth is I don’t even care what teams make it to the big show.

The real key to a good Super Bowl party is great food, friends and a strong half time show – we’re counting on you Rhianna!

Mexican pulled pork, also known as cochinita pibil, is a traditional recipe from the Yucatan but so easy to make. It's perfect on a tortilla for a taco or soft bun as a torta.

While most Super Bowl food tends to focus on Tex-Mex with an obscene amount of cheese and bacon we wanted to share a Mexican recipe that is big on flavour.

Pork is a staple in Mexican celebrations and they do it so well. Roasting it over an open spit or slow cooking over  it is one of the best ways to enjoy it.

I don’t have an open spit on my apartment deck but this can be braised in the oven or in a slow cooker.

Like all great braises, this Yucatan style Mexican pulled pork is a great dish that requires minimal effort.

There’s nothing worse that a party where the host spends all their time in the kitchen.

I adore food from the Yucatan and this is so easy to make and even your pickiest guests will love it.

The Super Bowl is all about indulging. It’s one time in the year when we forget how miserable it is outside and just enjoy great food and friends.

If you’re not in your 20s anymore when you could eat anything it’s time to man up.

Mexican pulled pork, also known as cochinita pibil, is a traditional recipe from the Yucatan but so easy to make. It's perfect on a tortilla for a taco or soft bun as a torta.

Remember the last time food was too good and you couldn’t say no. When over indulging seemed like such fun and then your stomach decided it revolt.

There’s no shame in admitting that eating 30 diablo wings wasn’t a good idea. But this time come prepared with Pepto-Bismol for instant relief. 

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I keep Pepto-Bismol at both home and in my purse because there’s nothing worse that stomach issues – especially at someone else’s house.

I also travel with it because writing guides around the world means overindulgence is likely.

Mexican pulled pork, also known as cochinita pibil, is a traditional recipe from the Yucatan but so easy to make. It's perfect on a tortilla for a taco or soft bun as a torta.

Yucatan Style Mexican Pulled Pork

Cochinita pibil is used in many Mexican antojitos.

It’s fantastic prepared ahead of time and can be served on its own, with soft buns to make a torta sandwich or with tortillas and sides so guests can make their own tacos.

I also think it would be great on this cheesy garlic party bread and a side of Mayan sikil pak, which is so easy to make and great for vegan guests.

In Toronto I buy tortillas at La Perola in Kensington Market. If you can find real Mexican tortillas it will take the dish up a notch but if you can only get flour tortillas don’t sweat it.

Cochinita Pibil Recipe Substitutions

The traditional cochinita pibil is cooked in banana leaves, which you can do if you want it to be authentic.

However, it’s also acceptable to revise the recipe a bit so you can cook it in oven or slow cooker.

The traditional recipe also calls for seville orange juice, which is quite bitter and not widely available.

If you don’t have seville oranges (I don’t) substitute with orange juice with lime juice for bitterness. 

Achiote paste is more difficult to substitute but fortunately it’s inexpensive and you can find it easily on amazon – here’s a great one.

Mexican Pulled Pork: Cochinita Pibil

Mexican Pulled Pork: Cochinita Pibil

Yield: 12-14
Cook Time: 3 hours
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

A Yucatecan classic, cochinita pibil is best described as Mexican pulled pork but it's so much more!


  • 4 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 oz achiote paste
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1 stick ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried Mexican oregano or regular if you do not have Mexican


  1. Add all ingredients to a resealable bag and marinate overnight, turning every few hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 300F.
  3. Transfer pork shoulder and marinade to dutch oven. Add 1 cup water on the bottom of dutch oven. Cook for 3 hours or until cooked to 165F. Pork should be tender enough to pull apart with a fork.
  4. Rest for 20 minutes then shred with two porks. If any juice is remaining in dutch oven pour over pork. Serve with pickled red onion, cilantro, corn tortillas and fresh soft rolls.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Amy Heffernan says:

    My go-to Super Bowl recipe is a shrimp dip. First layer sour cream, then a layer of salsa. Another layer of seafood sauce and top with baby shrimp. SO yummie!
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  2. What a lovely post. Looks very delicious. Can’t control my appetite. Photos look very live. Loved it:)

  3. Love the idea. Looks amazing. May need the Pepto!

  4. I used to love pulled poem when I ate pork. Still looks good and will be a great recipe for the Super Bowl. The Pepto Bismol in the photo is hilarious, but necessary.

  5. gloria konelsky says:

    A pulled pork buffet with toppings to add is easy to prepare and enjoyed by all.

  6. These Recipes look so good. I think Ill add this to a weekly meal

  7. CAROL ANN WESTBROOK trustee55 says:

    My go to Super Bowl recipe is Pork and Beef Chili Con Carne made with ground beef and pork, red and white kidney beans, canned tomatoes, tomato soup, diced onion and green peppers, and chili powder to taste. Great made in a slow cooker.

  8. My go-to Super Bowl recipe is Buffalo chicken wings that I bake and then douse with lots of Buffalo wing sauce.

  9. Lombok Wander Tour and Travel says:

    love this bun, thanks for sharing

  10. Kavey at Kavey Eats says:

    That recipe does look delicious, I agree Mexican pork recipes are just so good. We have a similar type of indigestion liquid here, but it’s a different brand, and we always have some in the house. I don’t think I’ve seen Pepto Bismol here.

  11. My go-to Super Bowl recipe is Thai shrimp salad

  12. Our go to recipe is Bacon Jalapeno Wraps. So yummy!

  13. Rhonda Pepper says:

    I think this year we will try some new things or add some new dishes to the mix. New salmon/cheese ball recipe and fresh buns for meats.

  14. Love nachos with chicken, black beans, salsa, cheese and corn! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Michele Hoch-Faintuch says:

    My recipe is Mexican Fiesta Dip

  16. Our favourite is 7 layer taco dip !

  17. my go to recipie is bbq pulled pork in the slow cooker, sooo good 🙂

  18. Kimberley Hamilton says:


  19. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    My go to recipe is Chilli in the crock pot!

  20. Heather Arnould says:

    My go to Super Bowl recipe is to take round taco chips, smother them in grated cheddar cheese, sprinkle with a little seasoned salt and pop them in the microwave until the cheese is melted. I like a side of sour cream with mine, but I my husband munches as is.

  21. Magda Bogdan says:

    Amazing! Mine would have to be turkey white bean chili and guacamole. Can’t wait to try some new ones,ty?

  22. Morgan Stewart says:

    My go to recipe is a layered dip and pulled pork sliders!

  23. loaded beef tacos

  24. I love omelet pinwheels with cheese, garlic and herbs filling.

  25. My go-to Super Bowl food is my 7-layer dip with tortilla chips! Refried beans on the bottom,add a layer of mixed sour cream, cream cheese and taco spice, and then layer homemade guacamole, mango salsa, shredded mixed cheeses (usually fresh mozzarella, cheddar and jalapeno jack) and crumbled bacon, shredded iceberg lettuce and top it off with thinly sliced black olives and red peppers. I tend to add layers such as diced roma tomatoes or chives, or remove layers depending on who is eating the dip.

  26. For Superbowl, I like to serve ribs, wings and pizza along with chips and dip. It’s quick, easy and definitely leaves us needing some Pepto!

  27. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My favorite Super Bowl recipe is Taco Dip!

  28. chili with beans, meat, cheese, and corn chips. thanks

  29. We have to have short ribs or there’s no game! Can’t wait for Sunday.

  30. Mary Warner says:

    Smoked Salmon, yougart dip and french bread cut-up.

  31. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    nachos with jalapenos and lots of cheese

  32. Christine G. says:

    Corn bread muffins stuffed with cheese, bacon, and jalepenos!

  33. Definitely some garlic bread, chili, and spaghetti Bolognese.
    Don’t forget fried rice, Shepard pie, and lasagna!

  34. Heather Swanson says:

    I love to make delicious chicken burgers.

  35. Sheila Russell says:

    My go to is chili in the slow cooker – fresh buns and lots of snacks!

  36. My favorite super bowl recipe is chicken strips with honey mustard sauce and ketchup…yummy

  37. Sara Muzzatti says:

    Nachos…start by making a pico mix, cover chips with cheese and pico and broil in oven

  38. Honey garlic chicken wings.

  39. Pulled pork sandwiches

  40. germaine fryc says:

    Our go-to Super Bowl recipe is homemade chilli and buns with butter!

  41. Hot Buffalo Wings is a must but I usually need Pepto-Bismol the next day.

  42. Our go-to is always a big batch of chili with great veggies and variety of beans added to keep it healthy while still tasting great!

  43. My best recipe for this is Teriyaki Chicken Wings! The whole family loves them.

  44. Surinder gurm says:

    fully loaded nachos with home made chilli

  45. Chantelle Silverquill says:

    Our go to is Nachos and Chilli

  46. Our go-to Super Bowl is nachos, cheese and salsa.

  47. Lisa bolduc says:

    Mine is my favourite sweet and sour meatballs. It has a mistake mash of everything in fridge for the sauce and reg meatballs

  48. My favourite Super Bowl recipes are chili with beef and pork and buffalo chicken wings. Yum.

  49. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My go to Super Bowl recipe is nachos! Can’t go wrong with that, a easy recipe and easy to eat! ([email protected])

  50. Allison Matz says:

    Baked nachos, topped with lots of cheese and banana peppers.

  51. Elizabeth Bailey says:

    My go to recipe is honey dill dip, with anything deep fried!

  52. Denae Boucher says:

    7 layer taco dip!

  53. Chicken wings for an appetizer, pizza for the main, along with lots of chips and dips for in between and after!

  54. My go to is chili .

  55. i love 7 layer dip with nachos. sooooo goood

  56. Wings and 7 layer dip with chips

  57. Karry Knisley says:

    My go to super bowl meal is pulled pork nachos

  58. My go to Super Bowl recipe is layered taco dip with tortilla chips.

  59. Juliee Fitze says:

    My go to dish is devil eggs and spinach dip.

  60. Florence Cochrane says:

    My go to is hot wings and a pot chili.

  61. Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip is my go-to SuperBowl recipe! It’s a WOW-moment flavor explosion!

  62. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    our go-to is make your own tacos – some more spicy than others 🙂

  63. Karen Morine says:

    My go to super bowl meal is pulled pork nachos

  64. Audrey Skinner says:

    My go to super bowl recipe is chili.

  65. My go to recipe is chili con carne.

  66. Lombok Wander Tour and Travel says:

    great recipes, cannot wait to give it a try.

  67. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    My go-to Super Bowl recipe is Pico de gallo with nachos.


    Super recipe indeed! Love the combination of fresh ingredients and the spicy pulled pork.

  69. Natalie Browne says:

    I love a good pulled pork sandwich and all the Mexican flavours. This looks delicious 🙂

  70. Samantha | My Kitchen Love says:

    Looks like an amazing game day feast! And I think Lady Gaga totally brought the show. She was amazing. Hope the food was as good as her performance and by the looks of this pulled pork it’s quite likely.

  71. Charlene Theodore says:

    Love this recipe! Going to make a batch next time I have a big gropp over instead of wings!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I like wings too, but these are more satisfying.

  72. Nicole | Culinary Cool says:

    Oh man, this brings back some memories from Mexico! I went on a food tour in Cozumel and had the best Cochinta Pibil at an unsuspecting convenience store. SO good!! I’ve pinned this recipe and will be trying it out soon!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I’m in Playa del Carmen for the next 10 days if you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

      1. Nicole |Culinary Cool says:

        Sent you an email!!

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