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Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil is my go-to when I crave hearty, flavorful Mexican cuisine. Tender pork shoulder, marinated in citrus and spices, pressure-cooked to perfection. It's a fiesta in every bite!

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Ever tried your hand at some authentic Mexican cooking? Hold onto your spatula, because you're in for a treat here. I'm sharing my cherished Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil recipe today. Picture this: juicy, shredded pork, bursting with bold, tangy citrus and warm spices, all cooked to perfection in your trusty Instant Pot. It's a dish that'll transport you to Yucatan without leaving your kitchen. So, ready to expand your cooking horizons? Let's dive right in.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil

  • Pork shoulder: Tender and flavorful meat that is traditional in cochinita pibil, perfect for slow cooking and absorbing marinade flavors.
  • Orange juice: Adds a bright citrus flavor to the dish, balancing the richness of the pork and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Lime juice: Provides a tangy and zesty kick to the marinade, adding freshness and acidity to the cochinita pibil.
  • White vinegar: Helps tenderize the pork and adds a subtle tanginess to the marinade, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with a savory depth of flavor, complementing the pork and other spices in the marinade.
  • Ground cumin: Adds warm and earthy notes to the marinade, enhancing the overall aroma and taste of the cochinita pibil.
  • Dried oregano: Contributes a robust and herbaceous flavor to the dish, adding complexity and depth to the marinade.
  • Ground cloves: Offers a warm and aromatic flavor to the cochinita pibil, enhancing the overall richness of the dish.
  • Ground cinnamon: Provides a subtle sweetness and warmth to the marinade, balancing the savory and tangy flavors in the dish.

Essential Tools for Making This Yucatan-Style Pork Dish

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork quickly while infusing it with the marinade flavors.
  • Knife: Needed to cut the pork shoulder into manageable chunks before cooking.

Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil Recipe

This Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil is a delicious and easy way to enjoy a traditional Mexican dish. The pork is marinated in a flavorful mixture of citrus juices and spices, then cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 3 lbs pork shoulder cut into chunks
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 0.5 cup lime juice
  • 0.25 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • to taste Salt
  • to taste Pepper
  • optional Banana leaves


  • In a bowl, mix together orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, cumin, oregano, cloves, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  • Place pork in the Instant Pot and pour the marinade over the meat. Mix well to coat the pork.
  • If using banana leaves, line the Instant Pot with them before adding the pork.
  • Close the Instant Pot and set it to high pressure for 1 hour.
  • Once done, allow for natural pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
  • Shred the pork using two forks and mix it with the juices in the pot.
  • Serve the Cochinita Pibil with tortillas, rice, beans, or on its own.


Notes go here.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 25gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 300mgPotassium: 500mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg


Keyword Cochinita Pibil, Instant Pot, Pork
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Tips for Making Cochinita Pibil Ahead of Time and Storing Leftovers

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Marinate the pork as per the recipe instructions and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • You can also cook the cochinita pibil in the instant pot ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked cochinita pibil to cool completely.
  • Place the pork and juices in a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

In traditional Yucatecan cuisine, cochinita pibil is traditionally cooked in a pit oven lined with banana leaves to infuse the dish with a unique flavor.

Common Questions About Preparing Instant Pot Cochinita Pibil

Can I use a different cut of pork for this recipe?
Yes, you can use pork butt or pork loin as alternatives to pork shoulder.
How spicy is this dish?
This dish is not very spicy, but you can adjust the heat by adding more or less pepper to suit your taste.
Can I make this recipe without an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make cochinita pibil in a slow cooker or in the oven, but the cooking times will vary.
Is it necessary to use banana leaves?
Banana leaves add flavor and help keep the pork moist, but you can still make this dish without them.
How long can I store leftovers?
Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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