Achiote Paste or Recado Rojo


Achiote Paste or Recado Rojo

The achiote paste or recado rojo, is one of the main seasonings of the Yucatecan cuisine. Although it is mainly known for its use as the base of a marinade in the Pibil style dishes, it is used in many other ways.

This paste is made of achiote seeds, charred garlic, toasted herbs and spices such as oregano, cloves, cumin, black peppercorns, allspice, coriander seeds, salt and bitter orange or its substitute, which is a mix of citrus juices and/or vinegar.

Achiote paste has, like achiote seeds, a beautiful and warm brick-like color and a strong and pungent flavor. It keeps for months stored in a fresh and shaded area of the kitchen.

Luckily, it can now be found in many international and Latin stores or online.


15 comments on “Achiote Paste or Recado Rojo

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  1. Hi Pati! I have annato seeds and can make the achiote with oil. I wonder if this would change the texture needed for the lasagna. Instead, i can put the seasoning of the achiote paste directly on the meat.

    1. Hola,
      The achiote paste is much more than the seeds… it has onion, garlic, bitter orange, lots of spices… the annatto seeds though lovely, just give the annato taste. I really recommend you try to get the paste and give it a try. It may become a new ingredient in your pantry 🙂

  2. Hola Pati,
    I just bought your cookbooks because I’ve been looking into diving into more Mexican recipes than the standard Mexican-American fare. I cook just about everything and always enjoy making my own spice mixtures from scratch because they are always far superior to anything that can be bought and can be customized to taste. Can I request that you *please* post a recipe for this most important ingredient? I’ve looked online but none of the recipes that I’ve found include all of the items that you mention. I want my recado rojo to be the best that it can be, but most of all I want to enjoy making my own! 🙂

    Thank You!

  3. Hi Pati, Can I substitute achiote powder and mix in spiced seasoning paste (Bistek condimentado yucateco) for the achiote paste ?
    I couldn’t find the paste. Thanks

  4. Hello Pati. I remember eating pollo con achote prepared in the oven when I was a little girl. I was wondering if you have a recipe for pollo con achote. I would love to prepare it for my family. I love your book and show!