Spicy Mexican paste

    10 min

    A spicy, slightly wet, red seasoning paste made with achiote seeds (or paprika), lemon juice, tequila, chilli peppers, cumin, cloves and other spices. Typically this paste is used as a rub for meats or chicken before roasting or placing on the barbecue, however it can also be used in stews or chilli.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 5 tablespoons achiote (annatto) seeds or use paprika
    • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
    • 8 whole allspice berries
    • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
    • 3 habanero chillies, seeded
    • 110ml (4 fl oz) orange juice
    • 110ml (4 fl oz) white wine vinegar
    • 8 cloves garlic
    • 2 tablespoons salt
    • 5 lemons, juiced
    • 1 teaspoon premium tequila

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. With a spice grinder (or coffee grinder), grind the annatto seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, allspice berries and cloves to a fine powder.
    2. 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.


    If you are unable to find annatto seeds, you can order them online via www.seasonedpioneers.co.uk, where you can also find allspice berries.

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    Wow this recipe is almost identical to the one Director Robert Rodreguez uses as his pork but marrinade- check out the youtube vid for his 'Puerco Pibil" recipe.  -  25 Jan 2012


    This is the same recipe from Once Upon a Time in Mexico. I've made it a bunch of times, and given out the recipe to everyone who's tasted it! When you cook the pork, make sure to marinade at least a few hours, and then wrap VERY tightly in foil, otherwise it'll dry out.  -  11 Jun 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This version of the classic recipe is very similar to the one used in the director Robert Rodriguez' Puerco Pibil recipe (see the 10 Minute Cooking School segment in the extras of the Once a Time in Mexico DVD). Makes a big difference to make it from scratch rather than using the packaged stuff - mmmmm - I'm hungry now  -  17 Mar 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)