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Rick Bayless’s Slow Cooked Achiote Pork

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I’m sorry…it was just too funny not to post….

Well it’s Sunday and what does Sweetllife want to do on Sunday? Nothing —people c’mon I work and work all week can I have Sunday’s. Okay just venting ..let’s start again…On Sunday I want to relax but not give up my good eats, so I decided to slow cooked a pork butt, bone in wrapped in banana leaves…after I took my first bite I came to the conclusion that I must wrap everything in banana leaves, they give it such a earthy flavor. Maybe I should wrap my hubby in banana leaves, ya think the earthiness would help him take out the garbage faster?? just kidding babe….


        The liquid used to keep the pork butt moist was achiote mixed with fresh lime juice…    Achiote is a a paste of ground annato (achiote seeds), garlic, vinegar and a blend of different spice..depending where you purchase it. Mine contained coriander seeds which I love, so that ‘s the mix I used. You can find this paste in any Mexican store or online. The only change I made to Rick’s(Bayless) recipe..yes Rick my yoda, my Luke Skywalker, my Han Solo…you get the picture was to add roasted  poblanos. While I roasted my poblanos I also roasted two serranos and mixed them with my guac..oh ya spicy but nice…. Try these butt tacos, their sure to give ya some junk in the trunk…oh I kill myself..Enjoy!!

 Slow Cooked Achiote Pork

serves 6

Rick Bayless

mexican everyday

half a 3.5 ounce pkg achitoe seasoning

3/4 cup fresh lime juice divided


half a 1 pound pkg of banana leaves –defrosted if frozen

a 3 pound bone in pork shoulder roast–I used pork butt

1 large onion sliced about 1/4 inch thick

1 large red onion thinly sliced

about 1/2 cup roasted fresh chile salsa

Place the achiote seasoning in a small bowl. Pour in 1/2 cup lime juice and 2 tsp salt, then use the back of a spoon to work the mixture into a smooth , thickish marinade

If you have banana leaves, cut 2 foot sections and use them to line a slow cooker- lay one down the length, the other across the width. Lay in the pork and pour the marinade over and around roast. scatter the white onion over the meat.

Pour 1/2 cup water sround the meat. Fold up the banana leaves to roughly cover everything. cover and slow cook on high for 6 hours, until the meat is fall of the bone tender.

While the meat is cooking, combine the red onion with the remaining 1/4 cup lime juice in a small bowl. sprinkle with salt, toss and set aside to marinate, stirring from time to time.

Use tongs to transfer thr meat and onions to a dinner plate. spoon off any rendered fat thats floating in the juices. If there is a lot of brothy sauce- 2 cups or more- tio or ladle it into a sauce pan and boil it down to about 1 cup to concentrate the flavors. Taste the sauce and season with salt and por over meat. serve with salsa and lime marinated onions.

I am submitting this for Two for Tuesdays..

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60 Responses to Rick Bayless’s Slow Cooked Achiote Pork

  1. [...] Slow Cooked Achiote Pork Tacos [...]


    That just made my morning.

  3. OMG – you are totally cracking me up!! These look like great tacos :)

  4. [...] Do These Tacos Make my Butt Look Big??… at Sweet Life [...]

  5. Hi Bonni! Thanks so much for joining the Two for Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop and I hope to see you again next week! What amazing tacos! I usually use beef, but I am starting to warm up to pork now that I can get pastured. This is going on my must try list and I love the butt tacos photo! You are such a joker. I grabbed your feed. Keep it REAL! alex.

  6. This recipe looks delicious and so summer and colorful! I love it! And I love your fun creative pictures! Thanks so much for adding this to our Two for Tuesdays blog hop! I hope we see you there next week too!

  7. Your playful photography is so refreshing!

  8. Happy Two for Tuesday! I am a total tacoholic and, to me, the epitome of a taco topping is the pork butt. Kudos!!!

  9. YUM!! I adore a good butt ;)….they look amazing! And nope, never too late! Thanks for submitting these to Two for Tuesdays! (When you get a moment, go back and click “hit here to enter” at the bottom of the post, then enter the URL to this post so your link will show up and encourage others to visit!!)

  10. Your butt tacos inspired me to take a new approach to my fish tacos (okay, that just reads sooo weird). I didn’t have anchiote sauce so I invented…well, something. Garlic salt with ancho chile powder, coriandor, oregano, splash of vinegar, lime juice, olive oil and slathered it on catfish.

    I made a point to read this post for some guidance before diving into my sauce. It was delic. Thanks!

  11. Dear Bonni, it’s my pleasure to read this wonderful recipes of yours. Big hug for you.

    Doña Masita

  12. YUM! Tacos are the best. In our house it’s what we use to use up all our leftovers. But this recipe is something else entirely—not to mention the entertaining photos.

  13. I loved loved loved your website, it’s so cute and original! Congratulations!!! And this tacos’s are amazing!

    Doña Masita

  14. This is too cute! Butt Tacos …hahahaa!

  15. Your butt looks awesome … your pork butt, that is! ;)

  16. Those butt tacos rock!

  17. I love tortillas and Mexican food! Those tacos look mighty good! Lovely recipe…



  18. yumi …

  19. HAHAHA. The immaturity of that butt taco imprint on the tortilla wrap made me laugh out loud, you’re funny ;]

    I’m really beginning to like how creative you are when you take photographs of your food. Like the one you’ve made here: spices + limes = splat (squished spices and limes).

    Your tacos look yummy, I really agree, banana leaves make everything taste delicious. Have you ever eaten glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves? It’s also delicious, I think it’s hillarious when the wrap turns green.

  20. Clever post—love the stamp-out letters, and the pork tacos are drool worthy!

  21. Butt Tacos haha! Junk in the trunk hahahaha! You’re hilarious. I am loving this taco recipe lady, so flavorful!

  22. I like big butts and I cannot lie!

    Especially when they are shredded and mixed up into tacos as yummy looking as these. THe photos are awesome! They have me salivating all over my computer screen. I need to find some banana leaves. Pronto.

    Congrats to the winners!

  23. this is the most creative, hilarious, and at the same time appetizing post i’ve seen in a long time! i LOVE rick bayless, i LOVE mexican food, and your spread looks amazing. the colors, the flavors, the textures–i’m enamored. :)

  24. lol! Butt…tacos…I get it! butt or not, I’d love to chomp on these…the pork sounds ultra-flavorful!

  25. bayless or not… I like this recipe, he is so corporate but then, who isn’t these days ….sorry – I think you did the recipe great by roasting the peppers and with the lime, the meat marries togethers well, it is a combination I use often…

  26. There needs to be more words on food. Not in that advertisement sort of way but my attention was definitely piqued at Butt… lol… this makes me sound rather neanderthal and about the mental age of…11? Well, whatever, if you can’t have fun, what’s the point, non??

    These look awesome. Love tacos, love eating with hands.

  27. I would not care if my butt was enormous, these tacos are irresistible!

  28. These look so delicious I want to try them tonight… and I think I might just have everything to make them. yum!

  29. haha that first picture could actually look pretty enticing as a restaurant logo.

  30. The pie bird likes tacos too!

  31. What a great post! Love the photos and the recipe!

  32. This post cracked me up! Thanks for visiting my site cos I don’t think I would have found yours.

    Those are some seriously good looking tacos. You just reminded me that I haven’t had any in ages.

    Banana leaves does wonders indeed. They’re even better when used fresh, they impart an earthier flavor and aroma.

    Will be back for more. :)

  33. buonissime queste tacos!!! le vorrei adesso!

  34. Oh, Man!!! Like I don’t already have enough junk in my trunk ;) This looks fab Bonnie! I love the banana leaf idea – use it in my kitchen pretty often. One last thing : YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

  35. Dear Bonnie – You and precious and because I love you, I shall ignore your primary question on this post…. :)

    The Achiote pork looks wonderful – moist with the refreshing fresh accompaniments and I am sure the bouquet from the banana leaves was lovely. I mean how can you go wrong with banana leaves and the spices you used?

    Absolutely gorgeous recipe and I’ll have to try it when I get a butt (pork that is :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  36. I love that first photo – it gave me a good laugh. That pork sounds absolutely scrumptious!

  37. Wow i loved everything abt this post, xlent presentation!

  38. Great job with this post! Love the “butt taco” tortilla. The pork steamed in banana leaves is a nice touch.

  39. Your’e funny! I love Achiote and the tacos look so good…
    By the way, I don’t like doing too much on Sunday either or Saturday for that matter (smile).

  40. Lol… sounds like you had fun making these!

    I love the combination of lime with the spices, I’m a big fan of coriander too :)

  41. Who cares if the tacos make butts looks big, they look fabulous! OM Gosh you are too funny, I almost couldn’t respond for laughing so much. I love achiote and lime together, yummy!

  42. Hummm, I’m sure your hubby got very useful with the garbage after this delicious tacos. Looks beautiful.

  43. They look wonderful. Now I’m trying to think where I might be able to get banana leaves. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  44. How cute are you? I lol’d at this post :P

  45. This mad me laugh out loud when I saw it. Too funny. This is why this blog has become required reading. It may be Rick Bayless’s recipe but no way in hell could he be as funny, creative, and clever as you. Well done! Cheers!

  46. Those look wonderful! I love the beautiful colors. YUM!

  47. I cook most meals on Sunday ;-)
    These tacos are scrumptious!

  48. Wow, your tacos look delicious…love them with pork meat and lots of cilantro :-)

  49. We have tacos every Tuesday!! Pork Tacos are the easiest and the yummiest!
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

  50. Your tacos totally top mine.

  51. These looks absolutely delicious and I’m sure they didn’t last long. Your pictures are fantastic – I just love the contrasts and textures of the first one especially.

  52. Those look divine. I’m sure my but wouldn’t appreciate growing in size but my mouth wants a big old bite of this good stuff. GAH! Now I want soft tacos. :)

  53. I was born in Aransas Pass, next to port aransas..I have lived in Driscoll texas, killeen texas(army) now I am in Edinburg texas-hubby in the masters program at UTPA..oh Edinburg or the rio grande valley rocks mexican food..oh man..love it!!

  54. That’s hilarious!! Thank you for stopping by my blog. This looks great! Where in Texas are you from?? I’m a native Houstonian. We are in the Bulverde area just north of San Antonio. 15 years here and I still miss the restaurants in Houston. Antone’s PoBoys, yum, just the first that comes to mind. We just keep getting new Mexican food restaurants here, as if we don’t have thousands already.
    I love you blog, lots of great stuff here! ~LeslieMichele

  55. Love the first picture :) The tacos sound delicious with the anchiote seasoning!

  56. yup I found them in the frozen aisle..section…
    I was surpsirde to find them also…

  57. Ha! Love this. I have a big butt (pork that is) in my freezer right now! I’ll have to try this.

  58. Love your pork! Where do I get banana leaves, do you say they come frozen? I was searching for some leaves to imitate imu and could not find any. Never occurred to me to look in the frozen section. Love your taco math :-) you’re so creative!

  59. These look so delicious. I love the taste fresh cilantro gives to the tacos. Thanks for sharing….but now I am very hungry : (

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