This is an excellent starter dish. I didn't find annatto, so I used a little nutmeg and extra pepper instead. It certainly wasn't bland - there's plenty of opportunity to add some spice and heat.
Ecuadorian Potato Soup
HeatherMcC Posted: 01/25/10
Crabcake Posted: 03/07/09
I have no idea what the other reviewer did to make this bland (did you not use the pepper?), but every time we have made this soup, it has been excellent. It is an authentic taste (we lived in Ecuador) and makes a lovely starter. We have made it many times, and are making it again tonight. While the recipe isn't a fancy dish, it would be great for a starter for a Latin American dinner party. When we were in Ecuador, we used the local hot peppers instead of a jalepeno, and that was also great. I think you could use different types of peppers to get slightly different flavors. We served the dish with salad. The main course was grilled steak. My hint is to not skimp on the pepper. While Ecuadorians generally do not eat very spicy food, the potatoes mute the heat a bit. Also, use top-notch fresh ingredients.