Mexican Achiote Paste Recipe

Achiote Paste 


5 tablespoons achiote (annatto) seeds

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

8 whole allspice berries

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

3 habanero peppers, seeded

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup white vinegar

8 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons salt

5 lemons, juiced

1 teaspoon premium tequila


With a spice grinder, grind the annatto seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, allspice berries, and cloves to a fine powder.

In a blender or food processor, mix the ground spices, habanero peppers, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Blend until smooth. Mix in the lemon juice and tequila.

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