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How to Make Low Carb Pibil in 4 Steps

Updated: Apr 13, 2019

Pibil is a traditional slow-roasted pork dish from southern Mexico. With minimal to no adjustments, it makes an excellent addition to your low carb dinner menu. You can eat this keto friendly pibil over cauliflower rice, greens, or by itself.

Low carb pibil (6oz serving)

A serving of pibil (6oz) over a serving of garlic cauliflower rice.

Now, if you're familiar with my blog you know I keep my posts short and light on the story to get you straight to the recipe and into the kitchen. The first time I had pibil was in college when a friend and I were going to marathon the Rodriguez Mexico Trilogy. He made pibil because of a particularly famous scene in the second movie of the trilogy, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."

Traditionally, you prepare this dish by marinating the meat in acidic citrus juice, season with annatto seeds, and roasting the pork while wrapped in a banana leaf. However, I'm going to show you how to make low carb pibil using a crock pot (slow cooker).

How to make low carb pibil in 4 easy steps

This is actually one of the first videos I made on my YouTube channel back before I moved to Boston, and started blogging. You can watch that below or scroll down to see the full recipe and ingredient list.


  • 5 pounds pork butt, cut into bite-size pieces (2-inch cubes)

  • 5 tablespoons annatto seeds

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 1 tablespoon whole black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves (optional)

  • 8 whole allspice berries

  • 3 jalapeños (or preferred pepper)

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

  • 8 garlic cloves

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 5 lemons

  • 1 shot of tequila


  1. Combine all the ingredients—except the pork—into a blender and blend into a smooth liquid. Set this aside for now.

  2. Cut the five pounds of pork into small bite size pieces and place inside the crockpot.

  3. Pour the blended ingredients over the pork and give a good mix.

  4. Cover your crockpot and cook on low for 12 hours, or on high for 7 hours.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

The above recipe makes roughly 16 (6oz) servings. **Note** I got these numbers after putting all the ingredients we used into MyFitnessPal. Be sure to add this recipe to what you use to track your macros with the brand of ingredients you use for the most accurate count.

  • Calories: 301

  • Fat: 21.3 grams

  • Net Carbs: 1.3 grams

  • Carbs: 1.8 grams

  • Fiber: 0.5 grams

  • Protein: 22.8 grams

We hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, we'd love to see it. Tag us on Instagram using @KaitandKeto!

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