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Shredded Pork in Achiote Sandwich

Pork in Achiote is for an easy recipe version of Cochinita Pibil, tender shredded pork that has been cooked with an exquisite Achiote marinade.
Course Pork
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 494kcal



  • 4 lbs. pork shoulder cut into 2-in. cubes
  • cups orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 oz. Achiote paste
  • 10 peppercorn kernels or ⅓ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ of a medium white onion
  • ½ tsp. Mexican oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tbsp. salt


  • 12 Telera rolls or Kaiser rolls
  • ½ cup refried black beans
  • 6 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 plum tomatoes sliced
  • ½ of a medium white onion thinly sliced
  • Pickled Jalapeños or Habaneros optional


  • Season the pork with salt and place it inside the pressure cooker.
  • To make the Achiote sauce, place the orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, Achiote paste, peppercorn kernels, garlic cloves, onion, and oregano in your blender jar. Process until you have a smooth sauce.
  • Pour this Achiote mixture over the pork, add the 2 bay leaves, then close & lock the lid of your pressure cooker. Cook the meat using the manual option for 45 minutes in the pressure cooker setting.
  • After the 45 minutes, and once the release valve allows it, remove the lid. Shred the meat, then check to see if it needs more salt. After this, cook for 10 additional minutes in the manual setting with the lid off. This will allow the shredded meat to continue absorbing the Achiote flavor, and also let the sauce thicken a little bit.
  • To make the sandwiches, start by cutting open the rolls you’re going to use. Spread mayonnaise on one half, and refried black beans on the other. Next, spoon on some of the shredded pork, then top it with some shredded lettuce, one or two tomato slices, and a couple of white onion slices. This pork in achiote sandwich is usually served with pickled jalapeño peppers or pickled habanero peppers, depending on the region. Enjoy!


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 777mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg