When combined with the zesty flavors of citrus fruits and a variety of aromatic spices, our colorful Annatto Seeds turn banana leaf-wrapped pork shoulder into a succulent, mouthwatering meal, best served tucked into warm tortillas and topped with pickled red onions.

Prep time: 0 min

Cook time: 215 min

Total time: 215 min

Cochinita Pibil
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Serves 12


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line roasting pan with banana leaves, and place pork shoulder on top, fat-side up.

  2. Place annatto seeds, cinnamon, oregano, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves and allspice in spice or coffee grinder and pulse 30 times. Then, blend on high for 30 seconds or until finely ground.

  3. Transfer spice mixture to blender and add habanero, juices, vinegar, garlic and salt. Purée until smooth.

  4. Rub spice mixture into pork and wrap with banana leaves. Cover loosely with foil and transfer to oven to cook for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until pork is fall-apart tender.