Puerco Pibil

Puerco Pibil

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Betty Rudy


I watched Once Upon A Time In Mexico on Dvd and found this recipe as part of the special features. I was intrigued by the role the food played and Johnny Depp. I tried the recipe and it is great have made it several times and everyone loves it.
You can also watch the video on You Tube: Puerco Pibil by Robert Rodriguez


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6 Hr 25 Min
4 Hr


  • 5 lb
    pork butt, cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 5 Tbsp
    annato seeds
  • 2 tsp
    cumin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp
    whole black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    whole cloves
  • 8
    allspice berries
  • 2
    habanero peppers, fresh or dried. cleaned and minced (optional)
  • 1/2 c
    orange juice, fresh
  • 1/2 c
    white vinegar
  • 8 clove
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 5
  • 1 oz
  • ·
    banana leaves optional

How to Make Puerco Pibil


  1. Preparation Instructions
    Grind the annato seeds, cumin seeds, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, and whole allspice in a mortar and pestle, molcajete y tejolote, spice grinder or coffe grinder.

    Blend the cleaned and chopped habanero peppers with the orange juice, vinegar, garlic and salt.

    Mix the dry spices with the liquid.

    Add the juice of 5 lemons and a nice splash of tequila.

    Place the cubed pork butt in a large zip lock bag and add the marinade. Soak 4-6 hours, in refrigerator, turning several times.

    Line (8x13) baking pan with banana leaves. Pour in pork along with the marinade. Cover with Banana leaves and seal the pan with foil. Bake in a 325 F degree oven for 4 hours.

    Helpful Hints
    Banana leaves are optional, because I haven't found any locally yet.

    Take it easy on Habanero peppers. HOT!HOT!!HOT!!!

    Preground spices can be used in place of the whole spices, but the brilliant flavor of freshly ground spices really makes this dish what it is!

    This recipe was provided by Kenton Bolte from Seattle.
  2. Serve over white rice

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About Puerco Pibil

Course/Dish: Pork
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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