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cochinita

Pronunciation: [koh-chih-NEE-tah]

A classic Mexican dish from the Yucatán peninsula consisting of pork (traditionally baby pig) wrapped in banana leaves and slowly roasted. Prior to roasting, the meat is marinated in a mixture of annatto or achiote paste, juice from seville oranges (or similar high-acid citrus) and other seasonings. The term cochinita pibil refers to the pib, a pit lined with stones and hot coals that was traditionally used on the Yucatán for cooking meats.