achiote oil and aji panca
Any ideas where I can find these ingredients in the DC area? Maybe the Spanish aisles of the Korean grocery stores?
The oil is just vegetable oil that has been colored (and flavored a bit) by frying achiote seed.
Aji panca is a medium size mild chile, usually found dried, powdered, or in a puree (jar). Heat range is about the same the Mexican ancho (dried poblano).
In the Seattle area, aji panca can be found with other Peruvian imports in Mexican groceries that cater to the broader Latino market.
this recipe uses Goya seasoning to get the achiote color. It also uses aji amarillo (yellow), a slightly hotter chile, also sold in paste form.
gives an idea of products that are imported and sold at the retail level.