Achiote Paste

This marinating paste, known as recado colorado in the Yucatan, where it originated, is used on chicken, pork or fish.

  • 1/2 cup annatto (achiote) seeds
  • 10 large garlic cloves, roasted on a comal or griddle until charred, then peeled
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup bitter (Seville) orange juice, or use half sweet orange juice and half vinegar
  1. Grind all of the ingredients except the orange juice in a spice mill or food processor.
  2. Add the orange juice, a little at a time, until a thick paste is formed.

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