Traditionally, locros are thick, vegetable-based soups, served mostly during the cold months of the year in Ecuador. They are meant to be hearty and filling enough to stand as a whole meal. Be sure to seek out achiote paste, as there is no good substitute.
Tip: Achiote paste is made of annatto seeds and other spices mixed with garlic and bitter orange or vinegar. It can be found in most Latin American grocery stores as well as in many regular grocery stores and online. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
To make ahead: Refrigerate roasted peppers (Steps 1-2) for up to 2 days.