Cumin-Achiote Roasted Potatoes

by Erica Dinho on November 30, 2011

Today I want to share a simple, effortless, and delicious potato dish packed with flavor that we really enjoyed in our house. It makes a fantastic side dish. Serve it with your favorite meat, fish or poultry.

Buen provecho!



(About 6 servings)

  • 2 pounds small red skinned potatoes
  • 1/4 cup achiote oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss until the potatoes are well coated.
  3. lace the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into one layer.
  4. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until browned.
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven, season to taste, and serve.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa November 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Might be effortless but sure packs a punch of flavor!


2 Karen November 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I love potatoes anyway, but these flavors are so different. Yum!


3 norma November 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Love the color achiote leaves.

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4 norma November 30, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Sorryi ts Vme


5 Joan Nova November 30, 2011 at 2:49 PM

They look soooo good! Nice and crispy!


6 Joanne December 1, 2011 at 6:54 AM

The brown crispy outside on those potatoes looks amazing! And i bet the spices give it great flavor!


7 Simply Life December 1, 2011 at 8:51 PM

oh I love the idea of using these spices!


8 Sook December 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I love roasted potatoes!! They look so hearty and delicious


9 Chris December 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

These potatoes sound good.

I have achiote powder, not seeds. Can I make the oil with that or do I need the seeds?


10 Erica December 6, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Chris- Mix the powder with oil.


11 Erica December 11, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


12 Malice May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

My mom’s Puerto Rican and she makes something similar, but she uses olive oil, sweet onion, garlic, cumin, achiote, ground cilantro seed, turmeric, saffron, and sweet paprika.


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