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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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 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 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 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.
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.
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
- Prep Time60 min
- Cook Time15 min
- Total Time1h15 min
- Yield2 cups of paste
- 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.
- 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.
- Dice Onions
Dice onions into small pieces.
- Puree Ingredients
Add onion, baked garlic, drained chilis, and fire roasted tomatoes to the food processor. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- 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.
- Mix in Dry Ingredients
Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients in the saucepan. Stir well.
Simmer the mixture over medium heat for 15 minutes. The paste is ready once it thickens up and becomes fragrant.
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.
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!
- 21.8g Fat
- 81.6g Carbs