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Recado Rojo is a spice blend, the main ingredient and color is annatto, but it also includes oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, all spice, garlic and salt. Annatto is a spice extracted from annatto seeds, and is what gives the Recado its distinctive color: and rich, deep red.
Recado is a very common spice blend through Belize and the Yucatan pennisula. It’s often homemade, but can also be purchased, often from local vendors or neighbors! When purchased from a local source, it’s been rolled into little spice balls, approximately an inch in diameter. Recipes will often tell you how many of these balls to use rather than measuring volume in the more traditional way, with teaspoons and tablespoons.