Mexican pulled pork (conchinita pibil)
This easy, flavoursome pulled pork dish takes some time, but most of it is hands-off, and with just five ingredients, preparing it couldnâ€™t be simpler.
Nothing quite beats the fresh flavours of Mexico washed down with an ice-cold Corona (don’t forget the lime wedge in the neck of the bottle!).
This easy, flavoursome pulled pork dish takes some time, but most of it is hands-off, and with just five ingredients, preparing it couldn’t be simpler.
Originating from the Yucatan peninsula, the dish is traditionally made with Seville oranges and a paste made from a red seed called “annatto”.
Mexican pulled pork
1-5-3kg pork shoulder, bone removed, cut into 5X5cm chunks
1 packet of achiote paste (100g)
1c freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2c freshly squeezed lime juice
Place the pork in a glass or stainless steel dish. Blitz the achiote paste, salt and juices in a blender and pour over the pork. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Heat the oven to 160C. Line a heavy bottomed casserole dish (with lid) with three layers of tin foil (slightly overhanging the sides), pour in the pork and marinade, and seal with the lid. Place in the oven for three hours. After three hours, check the pork – if it pulls apart easily with a fork, it is ready, if not, top up with extra water if necessary and return to the oven until tender.
Remove the pork from the liquid, pull apart with two forks so that the meat is shredded (“pulled”), and cover with enough of the marinating sauce to completely saturate the meat.
Serve with soft tortillas and/or rice, crumbled feta, fresh coriander leaves and lime wedges.