Achiote paste

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Achiote paste
Achiote paste
Tofu marinading in achiote paste
Servings:Servings: 4 - Makes 1 cup of achiote paste
Calories per serving:39
Ready in:10 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:None
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:25th October 2012

Achiote paste or Recado rojo or is a popular blend of spices from Mexico used to season meat or vegetables. Originally a Mayan blend, it is now strongly associated with the Mexican cuisine of Yucatan.

The spice mixture usually includes annatto, Mexican oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, allspice, garlic, and salt. The annatto seeds dye the mixture red, and this gives the meat or vegetables it seasons a distinctive red hue.


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  1. Using a pestle and mortar or a coffee grinder, grind the dry spices
  2. Peel and crush the garlic, mix with the salt, ground spice mix and orange juice and mix to a smooth paste.
  3. Rub the mixture onto chicken, pork or fish and marinate in a cool place for 4-6 hours then cook as you would normally.

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