Recipes for change: Pollo Pibil

Try the Recipe at home: Pollo Pibil - Mexico

Serves 6

Nutritional values per serving:

  • Calories: 1,029
  • Fat: 40g
  • Carbs: 61g
  • Protein: 108g


  • 2 avocados, peeled and chopped
  • 1kg of corn tortilla dough, as thin as possible
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1kg of refried black beans 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1  iceberg lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño chilli, thinly sliced
  • Lard or corn oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 annatto roasted chicken, flaked
  • 1 medium chicken
  • 60g of achiote paste
  • 355ml sour orange juice (alternatively, one half sweet orange juice and one half white vinegar)
  • 355ml water
  • 1 chicken stock cube

Cooking Instructions:

  • Dissolve the achiote paste in the orange juice and water. Cover the chicken with salt and stock. Place in juice, cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and allow to roast for 25 minutes, constantly basting the meat. Once cooked, shred the chicken.
  • While the chicken is cooking, make small tortillas and fry in butter.
  • Flip the tortilla, open it carefully and fill with refried black beans, close, fry in hot butter, drain on absorbent paper.
  • Serve the tortillas hot, covered with the shredded chicken, tomato, avocado, lettuce and chilli. 

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