Pork shanks in achiote sauce (Chamorros de cerdo en achiote)

The mexican chamorro pork meat cut is the upper part of the foreleg of the pork, an inexpensive meat cut; which in this recipe we will marinate then cook slowly in an achiote with orange juice, garlic, and marjoram marinade. Here is a delicious and easy mexican recipe to make the Achiote Pork Shanks, known in Mexico as Chamorro de cerdo en achiote. Please allow this delicious mexican pork dish recipe plenty of time to marinate and cook slowly in the oven, you will not be disappointed.

This recipe can also can be made using a pressure cooker, for speed.

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Recipe for Pork shanks in achiote sauce


* 2 Big Pork Shanks, 3 lbs.
* 1 Achiote Paste or Powder Pack
* 3 oranges (the juice from 3 oranges)
* 2 cloves of garlic
* 1 pinch of marjoram
* 1 tablespoon oil
* Salt and pepper


1) Using your blender or by hand, dissolve the achiote paste with the orange juice, garlic, oil, marjoram, salt and pepper, pulsing to liquefy.

2) Remove unwanted fat from the shanks and clean them; then place them in a big kitchen bowl, together with the liquefied achiote marinade we did in step 1. Marinate during 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

3) After marinating, put the marinade and the uncooked shanks in a pan with tight fitting lid. Preheat the oven to 300 ˚F. Place the pan in the preheated oven at 300 °F, until cooked or about 2 hours depending on size of the shanks until the pork meat is very well cooked and comes off the bones easily.

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