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    Traditional Achiote Recado

    Traditional Achiote Recado. Photo by Sharon123

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr 20 mins

    20 mins

    1 hr

    Rita~'s Note:

    This is a (Annatto seed seasoning paste). Found this at La Parilla: The Mexican Grill

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    1. 1
      In a small saucepan bring water and achiote seeds to a boil.
    2. 2
      Cook seeds, covered, at a bare simmer 30 minutes and remove from heat.
    3. 3
      (Steep seeds 2 hours, or until softened.) Heat a dry comal or flat iron griddle over moderately low heat until hot and pan-roast garlic and onion, turning them occasionally to ensure even roasting, until browned and soft throughout, 25 to 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Discard garlic skins.
    5. 5
      In a small heavy skillet dry-roast oregano over moderate heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes and transfer to a small bowl.
    6. 6
      Cool oregano completely and in an electric coffee/spice grinder grind fine.
    7. 7
      Drain seeds and in a blender or food processor blend with garlic, onion, oregano, and remaining ingredients until smooth.
    8. 8
      Recado may be made 5 days ahead and chilled and covered.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 15, 2005


      I halved this recipe, it turned out so flavorful, yet very spicy hot from the chili powder. I mixed a little in with some ketchup and we dipped our vinegar and salt fries in them. I also used this for some fish sticks! Thanks Rita!

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Achiote Recado

    Serving Size: 1 (717 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 176.7
    Calories from Fat 42
    Total Fat 4.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 3969.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.4 g
    Sugars 15.4 g
    Protein 4.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    achiote seeds

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