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Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe

A must-have ingredient for any Tex Mex recipe!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 6, 2022

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste will be your new secret ingredient! This flavorful paste is filled with savory spices and seasonings that will turn any bland dish into something special.

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Busy families and households know all about Hello Fresh. This meal kit service is known for its simple, tasty recipes using fresh and authentic ingredients.

Their Tex Mex paste is included in lots of their Southwestern-inspired recipes such as tacos, enchiladas, and chili. It gives dishes a hint of smoky sweetness, with just the right amount of spice!

If you’re a lover of Tex Mex food and Taco Tuesdays, you can cook a big batch of this paste for future meals. Use it anywhere you would use bouillon cubes to give your dinner that extra kick of flavor.

Don’t get scared off by the long ingredient list—this recipe is actually super simple!

All you need to make this paste is an hour, a few ingredients, and a food processor.

All About The Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Ingredients

Fire Roasted Tomatoes

These tomatoes are roasted over an open flame to achieve a delicious charred flavor. You can often find fire roasted tomatoes in cans or jars at the grocery store.

Fire roasted tomatoes are sweeter and smokier than regular roasted tomatoes. They’re a great way to infuse a dish with more flavor.

If you can’t find this ingredient in the grocery store, you can use diced canned tomatoes. Just add some paprika to recreate that smoky flavor.

Chipotle Chilis

Chipotle chili is made by smoking and drying fresh jalapeño pepper. Chipotle is popular for its subtle sweetness that makes it a great spice for dips and seafood!

Chipotle is usually sold dried. You can typically find whole dried peppers or powdered chipotle in the spice section at the grocery store.

The most common type of chipotle pepper in Tex Mex cuisine is Chipotle Morita. This pepper tastes a bit fruity and has a medium spice level.

You may also be able to find canned chipotles in sauce in the Mexican food aisle. Either canned or dried chipotles will work for this recipe.

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is often used in stews, curries, and pasta sauces to thicken them and add tanginess. It’s made from blended tomatoes that are recooked and concentrated.

Tomato paste is sweeter and less acidic than regular tomato sauce. Tomato sauce tends to have a much milder taste too, so it’s not a suitable substitute for this recipe.

Rice Vinegar

Rice vinegar originated in Asia. It’s often used to give a sweet vinegary flavor to sauces and soups.

This type of vinegar is made by fermenting rice in water. This process produces acetic acid, which gives the vinegar its sour flavor.

Rice vinegar is commonly used to flavor sushi rice in Japanese cuisine. The vinegar flavor helps bring out the more mild flavors of fish.

Chili Paste

There are so many varieties of chili paste out there. It’s a common ingredient in many cuisines, and each cuisine uses it differently!

Some common types of chili paste are gochujang, harissa and sambel oelek. Gochujang is specifically used in Korean stews, whereas harissa is a common ingredient in dips.

My chili paste recommendation is sambel oelek. This Indonesian condiment is made with just vinegar, water, chili, and salt, so there are no overpowering flavors.

Dry Spices

Dried spices help give this paste depth and complexity. Chili, oregano, cumin, and coriander powder are the main dried spices.

These should all be easy to find at the grocery store in the spice aisle. If you can’t find them in powder form, you can buy the seeds and grind them into a powder yourself.

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste recipe

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe

  • Prep Time60 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time1h15 min
  • Servings1
  • Yield2 cups of paste

Level: Easy




  1. Roast the Garlic

    Set the oven to 400°F.

    Place garlic cloves on a baking tray lined with tin foil. Coat lightly with olive oil and wrap the foil around the garlic.

    Roast the garlic for 45 minutes.

  2. Rehydrate the Chilis

    Add dried chipotle chilis to a pot. Cover them with water and bring the mixture to a boil.

    Simmer the chipotle chilis in water until they rehydrate. About 20 minutes.

  3. Dice Onions

    Dice onions into small pieces.

  4. Puree Ingredients

    Add onion, baked garlic, drained chilis, and fire roasted tomatoes to the food processor. Blend until the mixture is smooth.

  5. Add Wet Ingredients to Saucepan

    Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomato and chili mixture, then add the tomato paste, rice vinegar, and olive oil.

  6. Mix in Dry Ingredients

    Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in the saucepan. Stir well.

  7. Simmer

    Simmer the mixture over medium heat for 15 minutes. The paste is ready once it thickens up and becomes fragrant.

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste serve

Ways to Enjoy Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste

The best way to use this paste is in your favorite Tex Mex recipes such as chili or tortilla soup. You can also use this paste as a flavoring for rice in dishes such as Spanish rice.

Another great way to use this sweet and spicy homemade Tex Mex paste is in sauces. Add a fiery kick to your next spaghetti, or give your enchilada sauce a boost of flavor!

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Storing Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste

The best part about this recipe is that it makes over 2 cups of paste. This is perfect to have on hand when you need to flavor dishes in a hurry.

Keep this Tex Mex paste in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for the best results. It will last about 2-3 months in the freezer, compared to only 1 week in the fridge.

I recommend you freeze this paste in portions so it’s easier to thaw. Do this by filling an ice cube tray with the paste and freezing it.

Once the paste is frozen, you can pop out the portions and store them in mini containers or freezer bags. To thaw, just remove a portion from the freezer and add to whatever you’re cooking!

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 512Calories
  • 21.8g Fat
  • 81.6g Carbs
  • 13.6gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat21.8g 28%
Saturated Fat4.1g 20%
Cholesterol5mg 2%
Sodium7353mg 320%
Total Carbohydrate81.6g 30%
Dietary Fiber18.9g 68%
Total Sugars34.9g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium259mg 20%
Iron10mg 55%
Potassium1425mg 30%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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