Pressure Cooker Cochinita Pibil

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Pressure Cooker Cochinita Pibil
Pressure Cooker Cochinita Pibil


  • Meat
  • 3½ ounces achiote paste
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons diced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • water as needed
  • 2½ pounds boneless pork ribs, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Pickled Onion and Peppers
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 habañero pepper, minced, or more to taste
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 banana leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • To Serve
  • corn tortillas
  • cilantro
  • guacamole


For best results, we recommend using:


  1. Blend achiote paste, ½ cup orange juice, 3 tablespoons white vinegar, white onion, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, dried oregano, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, garlic clove, and 1 tablespoon salt in a blender until smooth, adding water as necessary.
  2. Place pork cubes in a bowl and pour achiote mixture over to cover completely. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least 1 hour to marinate, or up to overnight.
  3. Combine red onion, habanero pepper, ⅓ cup orange juice, ⅓ cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, and honey in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until flavors combine, at least 1 hour.
  4. Toast banana leaves over stovetop/grill until color lightens and leaves are flexible, being careful not to burn the leaves.
  5. Line inner steel pot of pressure cooker with banana leaves to cover base of pot completely. Pour 1 cup water onto leaves. Place pork with marinade in pot and add bay leaf. Fold banana leaves over pork mixture to wrap.
  6. Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent handle to Sealing. Select Meat/Stew and cook on High Pressure for 45 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then turn steam vent handle to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
  7. Spoon meat into tortillas and top with pickled onion-habanero mixture, cilantro, and guacamole.
Mealthy tip:

If you don’t have sour orange, you can make it yourself with a mixture of orange juice, white vinegar, and lemon juice, as we do with this recipe.


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MJ Ortiz says:

I used the orange juice, white vinegar, and lemon juice mixture in place of the sour orange, great tip! Cochinita pibil is one of my favorite dishes. it's nice to enjoy this comfort food at home, quick and easy in the pressure cooker. Normally it would take much longer to prepare. Everyone should try this recipe at least once.