Mexican Achiote Paste

Mexican Achiote Paste


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This is a Mexican staple ingredient that is used in stews or as a rub for meats to be barbecued. Goes well with pork, chicken and seafood.


Serves: 8 

  • 5 tablespoons annatto (achiote) seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 habanero chillies, seeded
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 5 lemons, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon premium tequila

Preparation:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. With a spice grinder (or coffee grinder), grind the annatto seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, allspice berries and cloves to a fine powder.
  2. In a blender or food processor, mix the ground spices, habanero chillies, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Blend until smooth. Mix in the lemon juice and tequila.

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