Annatto Paste

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
1 cup

Ingredients
  • 1/2 -cup annatto seeds
  • 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Directions

In a small medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the annatto seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the oil becomes a rich, orange-red color, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Strain the annatto oil into the bowl of a food processor or blender, and add the lime juice, oregano, garlic, salt and cumin. Process the mixture on high to form a smooth paste. Pour into a glass jar and keep covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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