Carne Colorada - Achiote Marinated Meat

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Recipe: #34580

March 24, 2020

"Carne colorada is an annatto or achiote marinated meat dish from Ecuador. This traditional recipe is made with beef or pork cooked in a bright red achiote sauce."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (315.4 g)
  • Calories 437.3
  • Total Fat - 20 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 133.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1298.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 9.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 1.4 g
  • Protein - 52.2 g
  • Calcium - 129.8 mg
  • Iron - 5.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Blend the garlic cloves, red onion, achiote powder, ground cumin, oregano, 2 teaspoons of salt, lemon juice, and beer until you have a smooth puree.

Step 2

Place the meat pieces in a bowl and combine with the marinade.

Step 3

Cover and let rest in the fridge for at least two hours (overnight is ideal).

Step 4

Heat the oil (or butter/lard) in a large sauté pan over low to medium heat; add the achiote seeds and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the color from the seeds has transferred to the oil. Use a slotted spoon to remove the seeds from the oil and discard the seeds.

Step 5

Heat the achiote oil over medium high heat, add the beef and cook until the sauce is reduced completely, about 20-30 minutes.

Step 6

Stir frequently to keep the meat/sauce from burning.

Step 7

Taste and adjust salt if needed.

Step 8

Serve with your choice of side dishes.


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