Recipe: Achiote Pork with Vegetable and Smoked Paprika Quinoa

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Achiote Pork with Vegetable and Smoked Paprika Quinoa

We do a lot of experimental eating around our house; I love to try out new things. Luckily, Mr. Greene is fairly receptive to my cooking adventures! The other day I tried out a couple of things that have been waiting patiently on my pantry shelves: an achiote spice rub and a seasoned quinoa mix.

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raw pork, chopped

Chop the pork into 1-inch cubes.

Gabbi's Achiote Rub

This achiote rub is incredible. It contains a blend of authentic Mexican seasonings, including achiote peppers, garlic, lime juice, and vinegar. Think of it like a marinade that goes on more like a paste.

Achiote seasoned pork

Add the rub to the meat and massage them together until all of the pork is evenly coated. Place the pork in a sealed container in the refrigerator and let the it sit for at least an hour. Overnight is even better!

Peppers, onion, and garlic in olive oil

Over medium heat, sauté garlic, onion, and pepper in olive oil until the onions start to become translucent.

Vegetable and Smoked Paprika Quinoa

Meanwhile, start making quinoa. I made about 1/2 the package (1 cup dry, 2 cups cooked). Follow the package directions to prepare.


Add the seasoned pork. Sauté until pork is cooked all the way through. Drain before serving.


Scoop the quinoa into a bowl and top with pork. Salt to taste.


Stir the pork and quinoa together and enjoy the wonderful combination of flavors!

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