September 1, 2012

Slow Cooker Cochinita Pibil

As you all know I absolutely love my slowcooker. There is nothing better than prepping food on a busy weekday morning and having it all done when you get home. Recently, my youngest has been very clingy and my dinner time prep has turned to chaos. His attachment seemed to have started when my oldest started back at school, so I have been trying to find ways to save time at dinner in order to spend more time with him during the day. So far it seems to be working well and he is slowly acting like his normal happy self again. One of the new crockpot recipes I tried recently came from an unlikely source, a coupon insert from Kroger which came to my mailbox. I love coupons and as I was looking through them I came across a recipe for Slow Cooker Cochinita Pibil, which looked delicious and perfect for a busy weeknight meal.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, plus 1 tsp. sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. annato powder or paste
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground clove
  • 1 boneless pork but (about 4 lbs.)
Cilantro, onions, tortillas, and lime wedges for serving.

In a blender or food processor, puree the first 14 ingredients until smooth. Brown the pork butt in a small amount of oil. Add to slow cooker and pour the seasoning mix over. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours.

I did make a few changes to this recipe. The original recipe did not brown the meat before placing it in the crockpot. Any meat going into a slowcooker needs to be braised in order to remain moist. If you miss this step your meat will be far less flavorful and oftentimes turn out very tough. My family really enjoyed this recipe and I like that it came from an unlucky source. Sometimes the best recipes can be found in unlikely sources! If you end up trying this recipe tell me how it turns out!

Recipe adapted from Kroger Corporation home coupon mailer.


  1. Sounds scrumptious! I love anything with a Latin American flavor palette, and this seems perfect. :)

    1. I love Latin American flavors also, they are delicious! This recipe is really yummy and I love anything done in the crockpot :)

  2. This seems really good. I really want to learn how to cook with a slow cooker. Everything I cook with it, it turns out, well, let's just say there would be plenty of left overs (Lol). I hope you can share more of your slow cooker recipes. By the way, I am from the Philippines and noticed one of your labels said "adobo sauce"? Adobo is a common food here. It is made of pork and/or chicken stewed in soy sauce. Nice connecting with you!

    1. The slow cooker takes a while to get used to, but once you find a good recipe it turns out great! I share a lot of slow cooker recipes, I love using my slow cooker :)


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