• Mexican pulled pork tacos (Cochinita) (Loving Gluten Free)Source: Loving Gluten Free

Juicy, marinated pulled pork on a warm tortilla makes for the perfect Mexican comfort food that's as bright as it is tasty.






Skill level

Average: 3.1 (127 votes)


  • 1 kg pork leg or shoulder, cut into 5 cm chunks 


  • 185 ml (¾ cup) white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar 
  • 50 g achiote paste 
  • 1 brown onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes

Pickled red onion

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced 
  • juice of 1 lime 
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes 

To serve

  • gluten-free corn tortillas
  • shredded red cabbage
  • chopped coriander

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Cooking time is 1 hour if using a pressure cooker, 3 hours if on the stovetop.

1. For the marinade, place all the ingredients in a food processor with 185 ml (¾ cup) and blitz to form a smooth paste. 

2. Place the pork in a pressure cooker or large heavy-based saucepan and pour over the marinade. Close the lid and cook in the pressure cooker for 1 hour on low setting (or 2 ½ - 3 hours over low heat). 

3. Meanwhile, for the pickled onion, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside for 1 hour to pickle. Drain the onions and discard the liquid. 

4. Once the pork is tender, use 2 forks to coarsely shred the meat. 

5. Cook the tortillas directly over an open flame for 10 seconds on each side for maximum heat and crispy edges. Alternatively, cook in a dry frying pan over high heat until warmed through. As you cook the tortillas, keep them covered with a tea towel to keep them warm and soft. 

6. To serve, fill the warm tortillas with the pulled pork, pickled onion, shredded cabbage and coriander. 


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