Belize is a melting pot of people and therefore a mix of many flavors including Caribbean, Central American and Chinese. Achiote pictured here is also known as Annatto. It is easily found in the spice section of your grocery store. Goya produces it in small packets. The seeds from the fruit of this shrub or small tree is widely used in Central America, Africa and Asia to color food. It has a subtle flavoring and used by Belizeans in stewing chicken. These seeds are also used by American Indians to make body paint and is nicknamed the lipstick tree. The stewed chicken dish is served with the ever so popular Caribbean and Central American dish, BLACK BEANS AND RICE!!! It is such a tasty and inexpensive side dish to go with chicken, beef or pork. Add sides of avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, lime and sour cream to make it more exciting. We have found this recipe to vary from the standard, give it a try. I’m sure this week you are making something it will go great with.
Belize-Black Beans and Rice June 28, 2010