Pressure Cooker Puerco Pibil

Instant pot


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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 14 days ago

I originally learned of this dish through the DVD features on Once Upon a Time in Mexico. The dish is an important plot element in the movie. It's supposed to be wrapped in banana leaves and braised, but I adapted it for an instant pot pressure cooker, and I actually prefer the results to the original.

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What you will need

5 Tbsp (50g) annato

15 whole cloves

2 tsp (5g) cumin seed

10 whole allspice berries

1 Tbsp (10g) whole peppercorns

2 habañeros

2 oranges

3 limes

2 lemons

8 clove garlic

1/3 cup (80 ml) white vinegar

1/3 cup (80 ml) tequilla

5 lb (2.25 kg) pork shoulder

How to cook


Collect your spices

Get all of your spices together. Annatto can be found at specialty grocers. It's definitely a key component of this dish, so don't skip it.


Grind spices and mix with salt

Grind the spices. There's a lot of grinding to be done here. I like to have an extra coffee grinder that I reserve strictly for grinding spices. It saves a ton of time.


Slice habañeros

Remove the seeds from the habañeros and slice them into little strips.


Slice citrus for juicing

Cut all of the oranges, limes, and lemons through the center.


Juice the citrus

I usually juice citrus by hand because I know I can get a higher yield than other methods.


Add habañero slices

Drop the habañero slices into the juice.


Peeled garlic cloves

Add the garlic cloves, having first removed the peel and stem tip.


white vinegar






Add pork shoulder

Place the pork shoulder in the pot. Turn it over a few times to coat in seasoning.


Cook on high pressure for 1 hour

Cover the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 1 hour. When finished cooking, the pork should be very tender. If it's still difficult to separate with 2 forks, replace the lid and cook for another 30 minutes.


Shred and store in broth

I like to separate the pork with two forks, then store it in it's own broth. I usually serve this like carnitas with with rice and beans, tortillas, and a simple cabbage salad.


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alberto patinio8 days ago ☰
Excelentr dish described with maestria.felicitaciones.
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