El Yucateco Achiote Liquid 300ml

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Achiote liquid is a perfect substitute for achiote paste or powder. This bottled version is so easy to use. Simply use 50ml of liquid and use to marinate beef, chicken, pork or fish. This Yucatan-style sauce is made from ground annatto seeds, spices and tomatoes. No colouring is added to the achiote. Annatto seeds are grown in the humid tropical weather of the Yucatan Peninsula in the southeast of Mexico. Traditionally used as a seasoning in Yucatan and Central American dishes, influenced by the Mayan culture.


Discover the Authentic Taste of Yucatan with El Yucateco Achiote Liquid

Delve into the vibrant culinary landscape of Mexico with El Yucateco Achiote Liquid, a distinctive sauce that brings the authentic flavours of the Yucatan Peninsula right to your kitchen. Known colloquially as "Recado Rojo," this sauce is a harmonious blend of ground annatto seeds, aromatic spices, and ripe tomatoes, encased in a convenient 300ml bottle.

The Secret Behind Its Unique Flavor

At the core of El Yucateco Achiote Liquid lies the annatto seed, cultivated in the lush, tropical climate of the Yucatan. This seed is not just a flavour enhancer but also a colourant, lending a striking hue to your dishes. The sauce is revered for its versatility in Mexican cooking, ideal for marinating and seasoning various meats like beef, chicken, pork, and fish. It imparts a unique colour and depth of flavour, transforming ordinary recipes into extraordinary culinary experiences.

Annatto seeds are more than just an ingredient; they're a part of the Mayan and Central American culinary heritage. These seeds are central to many traditional dishes, including the famous Cochinita Pibil. El Yucateco Achiote Liquid encapsulates this heritage, offering a simple way to recreate these iconic recipes at home.

How to Use El Yucateco Achiote Liquid for Maximum Flavor

Using El Yucateco Achiote Liquid is effortless. For marinating, a ratio of 50 ml per 1 kg of meat is recommended. To fully imbibe the flavours, let your meat marinate for several hours, or even better, overnight.

A Must-Have for Enthusiasts of Mexican Cuisine

El Yucateco Achiote Liquid is more than just a sauce; it's a gateway to exploring the rich and diverse flavours of Mexican cuisine. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a culinary enthusiast, this sauce is a must-have in your kitchen for an authentic Yucatan cooking experience.

Water, annato seeds, cornflour, salt, spices, acetic acid, citric acid, xantham gum and sodium benzoate, as preservative and disodium calcium EDTA.< This product contains GMOs./p>

Suitable for: Vegetarians


Nutritional information (per 100g)  
Energy: 84.67kJ
Fat: 1.59g
Carbohydrate: 14.5g
Protein: 3.09g
Salt: 5.69g


Featured Recipe: Traditional Cochinita Pibil

Immerse yourself in the traditional flavours of the Yucatan with this classic Cochinita Pibil recipe. Using ingredients like pork shoulder, dried chillies, a mix of aromatic spices, orange juice, and white wine vinegar, this dish is a testament to the rich culinary history of the region.


  • 3kg Pork Shoulder Joint, skin removed
  • For the marinade:
    • 200g Achiote Paste (That's 2 packs)
    • 2 x Dried Ancho Chillies or Pasilla Chilli , dry roasted and soaked in hot water
    • 2 x White Onions, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 1 x Whole Bulb of Garlic, peeled (yes, that's plenty of garlic)
    • 1 x Cinnamon Stick, dry roasted
    • 4tsps Cumin Seeds, dry roasted
    • 5 x Cloves, dry roasted
    • 1tsp Allspice Berried, dry roasted
    • 3 x Fresh Bay Leaves, finely chopped
    • 2tsp Dried Oregano
    • 200ml Orange Juice (freshly squeezed is best but a carton will do)
    • 50ml White Wine Vinegar
    • 3tbsp Olive Oil
    • 1tbsp Sea Salt

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare the pork and a robust marinade using El Yucateco Achiote Paste and an assortment of spices.
  2. Roast the pork at a high temperature, then slow-cook it in water, covered with pork skin and foil to seal in the flavours.
  3. Once cooked, shred the pork and mix it with its juices and any remaining marinade for a succulent and flavorful experience.
  4. Serve with traditional accompaniments like Mexican soft tacos, pickled red onions, salsa taqueria, fresh coriander, and a squeeze of lime juice for an authentic touch.

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