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.


  • Judith

    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!

  • Hi Cathy,
    No, they are very, very different seasonings. I recommend you look online, there are a ton of sources, including Amazon, that sell it.