Achiote Paste: The spice mix that elevates Taco Tuesday!

Achiote Paste: The spice mix that elevates Taco Tuesday!
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RECIPE: ACHIOTE PASTE

YIELD: Makes ½ cup

PERFECT FOR: Tacos al pastor.

TIME: Approx. 15 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup annatto seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican or Italian oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Blend cloves, bay leaf, annatto seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, oregano, peppercorns, and salt in a blender on low speed, increasing to high, until finely ground.

    2. Add garlic, vinegar, lime zest, and orange zest and continue blending until a coarse paste forms. Transfer to a small airtight container and chill.

    3. Do Ahead: Paste can be made 1 month ahead. Store in an airtight container and chill.

    SOURCES

    Recipe discovered on Bon appetit