Mexican Achiote Paste

    10 minutes

    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.

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    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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    This is the same recipe from Once Upon a Time in Mexico. I've made it a bunch of times, and given out the recipe to everyone who's tasted it! When you cook the pork, make sure to marinade at least a few hours, and then wrap VERY tightly in foil, otherwise it'll dry out.  -  11 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This version of the classic recipe is very similar to the one used in the director Robert Rodriguez' Puerco Pibil recipe (see the 10 Minute Cooking School segment in the extras of the Once a Time in Mexico DVD). Makes a big difference to make it from scratch rather than using the packaged stuff - mmmmm - I'm hungry now  -  17 Mar 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I'm from where the Cochinita Pibils Originates,and I was happy to find this recipe. I have made it so many times I lost count, everybody in my family like it and my sister and brother say it the same taste they remember. I'll give the recipe 5 star. I just wish the Ingredients were ground and not whole. Thank You for sharing your Recipe.  -  03 Nov 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)