Annatto paste, also known as achiote paste, is a condiment made from ground annatto seeds, along with other ingredients such as vinegar, salt, spices, and sometimes garlic. It is commonly used in Latin American, Caribbean, and Filipino cuisine as a natural coloring agent and flavor enhancer for a variety of dishes, including stews, soups, marinades, and meat dishes.
Annatto paste has a bright orange-red color and a slightly nutty, earthy flavor. It is often used to add a rich, savory taste to foods, and can be used as a substitute for saffron in recipes that call for its bright color.
Annatto paste can be found in the Latin American or Caribbean section of many grocery stores or online. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months. To use annatto paste, simply mix it into your recipe as directed, or dissolve it in water or oil to create a marinade or sauce.