These Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos Are Made With Succulent Slow Roasted, Chile Rubbed, Pork And Bring An Authentic Yucatán-Style Experience To Your Home!

Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos

When I’m craving a good, authentic, Mexican pork taco, here’s the receta I immediately turn too.  I’m talking, close your eyes, take a bite and you just might think you’re in Me-he-co!  I’m in Cabo by the way and the weather is perfect!  This is another recipe from the fabulous Rick Bayless. Do you have his cookbooks yet?  If you don’t let me tell ya you’re really missing out.  The breadth of his work is really amazing and he manages to deliver absolute authenticity every time.  Thank you, Senior Bayless, for giving me this amazing taco recipe!!!

5 from 1 vote

Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos

These Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos Are Made With Succulent Slow Roasted, Chile Rubbed, Pork And Bring An Authentic Yucatán-Style Experience To Your Home!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 492 kcal
Author kathleen


  • 2 Medium About 1 Ounce Total Dried Ancho Chiles, Stemmed and Seeded
  • 4 Medium About 1 Ounce Total Guajillo Chiles, Stemmed and Seeded
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Small White Onion Roughly Chopped, Plus a Few Slices Broken into Rings
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Marjoram
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Ground Allspice
  • 1 Pinch Dried Ground Cloves
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Pounds Lean Boneless Pork Shoulder or Boston Butt Roast


  1. The chile paste. Place the chiles in a small bowl, cover with hot water, and let stand 30 minutes to rehydrate, stirring occasionally to ensure even soaking. Drain, reserving 2/3 cup of liquid, then transfer chiles and reserved liquid to a food processor or blender.

  2. Pulverize the bay leaves in a spice grinder or a mortar, then add to the blender, along with the vinegar, onion, garlic, mixed herbs, allspice and cloves. Process to a smooth puree (adding a little more water if needed to keep the mixture moving through the blades); press through a medium-mesh strainer into a small bowl
  3. Set a large (6-quart) pot with a lid (preferably a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat and add the oil or lard. When hot enough to make a drop of the puree really sizzle, add it all at once. Stir constantly as the puree sears concentrate and darken into a spicy-smelling paste, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with salt.
  4.  Seasoning and pot-roasting the meat. Turn on the oven to 325 degrees. If you are using pork shoulder or butt, cut it into slabs roughly 3 inches thick (try to get them all about the same thickness so they'll cook evenly); leave a picnic ham whole, but make 1-inch-deep incisions every few inches all over the meat. Lay the meat into the pot with the chile paste, then flip it over to cover with the chile (slathering with a spoon or spatula to give an even coating). Pour 1/2 cup water around the meat, cover tightly and place in the oven.
  5. Baste the meat every 30 minutes with the liquid and rendered fat that accumulates around it. After about 2 1/2 hours (the fresh ham may need another 1/2 to 1 hour), the meat will be fork-tender and will have darkened to an appetizing and crusty, rich, red-brown. If all the liquid evaporates during the cooking, leaving only chile paste and fat, dribble a little more water into the pan so you can go on basting. If time allows, let the pork stand, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes to reabsorb juices before serving.

  6. Serving the meat. Line a serving platter with the lettuce leaves. With the help of tongs, spatulas or meat forks, transfer the meat to the platter, then taste the pan juices and add a little more salt if necessary. Spoon the juices over the meat, then scatter the onion rings and radish slices over all, to create a riot of color and texture.

  7. Advance preparation: The pot-roasted pork holds well in a low oven for an hour or so before serving. It can be done ahead and rewarmed in a 350-degree oven, though the texture of just-cooked pork is the best.

© Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition information will vary based on the specific products. To be safe, check the nutrition facts labels of your products. Optional object listed above have been left out of nutritional data.

Nutrition Facts
Achiote Roasted Pork Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Sodium 479mg 20%
Potassium 1306mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Protein 77g 154%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 17.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Check out these Taco Inspired Recipes!

Taco Pasta– This is dinner magic, sure to be a new family hit in your house!

Cafe Rio Crock Pot Chicken Tacos – Mexican Style chicken filling, is delicious in every bite! 

Taco Meat Recipe– With just the right amount of spice, my Taco Meat Recipe is ready in 20 minutes! No need to wait for Taco Tuesday! With this recipe, anytime is Taco Time!

Source: Rick Bayless