Achiote Paste Marinade

Achiote Paste Marinade

Ready in 6 hours

Used as a marinade--Puerco Pibil (slow roasted pork) in particular--in the Yucatan, a Mexican state near the Caribbean; it has both Mexican and Caribbean influences.

(Adapted from Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker.)

"I'm eating some chicken I made with this marinade right now, and I'm in heaven! Spicey, tangy, smells delightful."

- Bigovengeekess

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2 tablespoons annato seed
1 teaspoon cumin seed
1 1/2 teaspoons whole black pepper corns
3 allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 ancho chile
1 new mexico (or guajillo) chile
2 teaspooons salt
3 cloves garlic; minced or grated
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
5 tablespoons lemon juice
splash tequila or some other alcohol; optional

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Throw all of the ground, minced and liquid ingredients in a zip lock bag and gently shake it up (or use a bowl or other storage container if you like).

Marinade your pork (or chicken, etc.) in this bag for 4-6 hours--flipping every so often; (placing this bag on a tray is useful in keeping it flat and in case it leaks.) Then pour the contents of the bag, including the paste/marinade into a covered casserole dish (cast iron or not), and bake in the oven until tender on low heat--e.g. 2 hours at 325F degrees.

This dish is nice over some steamed rice.

You can purchase Annato Seed from your local Mexican or Asian market--Walmart or other grocery stores most likely will not have it and if they do it would be too expensive (e.g. McCormick brand). I get a big bag of annato seed at my local Asian market for 99 cents.

If you don't have any orange juice on hand you can use some lemon juice as a substitute (I keep bottles of lemon juice and lime juice in my fridge at all times for emergencies--$2 each at Walmart.)


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I'm eating some chicken I made with this marinade right now, and I'm in heaven! Spicey, tangy, smells delightful.
Bigovengeekess 2 years ago
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