Achiote Substitute

For the Mexican Style Arroz con Pollo recipe, we substituted smoked paprika for the more traditional achiote.  This seasoning is traditionally made with annatto seeds that add bright color to the dish (these make cheddar cheese yellow too!).  You can try making a similar substitute by combining:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • ¾ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin

Mix the spices and oil together and store any extra in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.