HelloFresh Tex Mex Paste

In this delicious recipe, I will show you how to make the ultimate copycat HelloFresh Tex Mex paste.

It is easier than you think, and my recipe is even easily customizable! The paste is earthy, spicy, super rich, and packed with spices – perfect for any Mexican-inspired dish!

A small bowl of Hello Fresh Tex Mex paste.

You can incorporate this Tex Mex paste into many recipes. I personally love adding some to my Sopa De Albondigas Con Fideo, or Sopa De Estrellas recipe, as well as Bistec Con Papas, a Mexican steak and potato stew.

What Is HelloFresh Tex Mex Paste?

HelloFresh, famous for their easy-to-follow step-by-step recipes and pre-portioned fresh ingredients.

As their popularity soared, so did the demand for specific ingredients like their Tex Mex paste. However, they don’t sell these items separately; you’d need to purchase an entire meal kit.

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a homemade copycat recipe of their sought-after Tex Mex paste!

A spoonful of Tex Mex.

Ingredients for the Tex Mex Paste

This easy Tex Mex paste recipe contains a ton of ingredients.

  • Rich Base Ingredients: Roasted tomatoes, garlic, rehydrated chipotle peppers, and raw white onions for a savory, rich, and slightly earthy base.
  • Herbs & Spices: Oregano, coriander, cumin, extra garlic, chili, and paprika add depth and warmth.
  • Customizable Spice Levels: Tailor the spice and garlic to your taste, but remember, this paste is naturally garlicky and spicy.
  • Balancing Aromatics: Sugar, salt, and rice vinegar to even out the flavors.
  • Flavor Enhancers: Tomato and garlic with chili paste deepen the overall taste.
  • Unexpected Cocoa: A surprising but essential addition, cocoa powder offers a deeper color, earthy flavor, and a hint of bitterness.
Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste ingredients infographic

Tips And Tricks To Make This Paste

  • Adjustable Spices: Tailor the spice levels to your liking in this Tex Mex paste recipe. Not a fan of super spicy or heavy garlic? No problem, just tweak it!
  • Tomato Prep: Traditionally uses fire-roasted tomatoes. Got a BBQ? Roast your tomatoes and garlic there. No BBQ? Oven roasting is perfect, especially with smoked paprika for that smoky touch.
  • Cooking Consistency: Aim for a thick, non-oily, non-watery paste. A medium-low heat reduction does the trick.
  • Storage Tips: Keep the paste in an airtight container in the fridge to prolong its shelf life, staying fresh for several weeks.
Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste.
Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe

Hello Fresh Tex Mex Paste Recipe – As Good As The Real Thing

Today's copycat Hello Fresh tex mex paste is super easy to make and packed with flavors. It's easy to adjust and extremely versatile in the way it can be used!
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Roasting time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 85 kcal


For the roasted garlic and tomatoes

  • 2 bulbs garlic
  • 4-5 medium tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

For the tex mex paste

  • 3/4 cup (4 ounces) Chipotle chilis
  • 3 medium white onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 tsp rice vinegar
  • 5 tsp sugar
  • 4 tsp garlic and chili paste
  • 3-4 tsp fine salt, to taste
  • 2-3 tsp chili powder, to taste
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano


Make the roasted tomatoes and garlic

  • Begin by setting your oven to 400ºF (200ºC) to preheat.
  • Make the roasted tomatoes and garlic first. Slice the garlic bulbs in half. Place each half in a sheet of foil.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the garlic bulb and season it lightly with salt. Make sure the oil covers all of the exposed cloves.
  • Loosely wrap the bulbs in foil and place them on a parchment-lined roasting tray. Set it aside.
  • Next, add the halved tomatoes to the roasting tray. Drizzle them with a bit of oil and season them lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place the roasting tray inside the oven. Leave them to roast for about 30-40 minutes. Make sure to check the garlics' progress to prevent the tomatoes from burning.
  • When the garlic is golden brown and uber-soft, you can remove the tray from the oven and leave it to cool at room temperature.

Re-hydrate the Chipotle chilis

  • Place the chilies into a medium pot and fill it with water.
  • Bring the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat and leave the chilies to rehydrate for roughly 20 minutes.
  • Once they have become soft again, drain them from the water and set them aside.

Make the paste base

  • When all of your elements have been prepared, place the roasted tomatoes, garlic, onions, and rehydrated chilies into a blender.
  • Blend these ingredients together until you have a uniform, smooth paste.
  • Pour the mixture into a medium or large saucepan.
  • Add all of the remaining herbs and spices. Stir them in very well.
  • Bring the paste to a simmer over medium heat and leave it to cook for roughly 15-20 minutes. It will reduce and become extremely aromatic.


Calories: 85kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 1244mgPotassium: 438mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1321IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
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