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Costillas al Achiote

Delicious achiote pork ribs warm right out of your oven!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6 Servings


  • 4 pounds pork country-style ribs bone in
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 ounces achiote paste
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tsp peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp chile de arbol powder or chipotle
  • Juice of 5 oranges
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • You will also need
  • 4-4 1/2 pounds of bone in pork country-style ribs
  • 1 large onion sliced into rings
  • 1 cup water
  • Foil paper
  • roasting pan


  • To the blender, add all of the ingredients for the achiote marinade. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt and set aside.
  • Season the pork ribs with salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.
  • Line the bottom of roasting pan with foil paper. Add the sliced onion rings to the bottom of pan. Layer the ribs across in an even layer.
  • Pour in 1 cup of water to the bottom of pan. Now pour the marinade over the top of pork to coat evenly. Cover tightly with foil paper and roast in a preheated 350 degree oven for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, uncover ribs and baste with the sauce from the pan. Place back in the oven and roast uncovered for 30 minutes. Baste one more time and back in the oven for another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let the ribs rest for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with a fresh salad, rice and corn.