Achiote Paste (Recado rojo) is a Mexican spice paste made of ground annatto
seeds, cumin, pepper, coriander, oregano, cloves, garlic, and citrus juice or
It adds a spicy sweet and smoky flavor to tacos, but also meat and fish in general.
The key ingredient are annatto seeds from the achiote plant, a shrub native
to Central America. They give the paste its distinctive red-orange color.
- 1/4 cup annatto seeds
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup bitter orange juice or 1/4 cup orange juice plus 1/4 cup
lime juice or 1/3 cup white vinegar
- Grind the annatto, coriander, and cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves,
oregano, garlic and salt with a mortar and pestle.
- Place in a blender, add the orange juice in a blender and process
- Store in your refrigerator
Achiote seeds, source - Wikimedia Commons.
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