Jan 19, 2011

Colombian Aji Picante




Aji picante is a spicy Colombian hot sauce served with soups, sancocho, stews, rice, beans, empanadas and more. Every Latin country has there own version of a spicy hot sauce, each unique and delicious. This is my mom's recipe, she never measures when she cooks so it was a bit tricky getting her measurements right. A little goes a long way, you only need to add a few teaspoons to whatever you put this on. To save time, I used my mini food processor.

Colombian Aji Picante
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 20 • Size: 1 tbsp • Old Points: 0 pts • Points+: 0 pts
Calories: 3.2 • Fat: 0 g • Protein: 0.2 g • Carb: 0.8 g • Fiber: 0.2 g   


Ingredients:
  • 4 large scallions
  • 1 tomato
  • 1-2 small habanero pepper (scotch bonnet pepper would work)
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 oz water
  • salt and fresh pepper
Directions:
Place all ingredients in a small food processor and pulse a few times.

48 comments :

  1. Hiiii lady!! How are you?? This looks amazing!!!!! Hope all is well..xoxox

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  2. This looks soooo good, and versatile. Thanks as always Gina!!!

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  3. It's the perfect sauce for a lot of our foods! so excited to have this recipe gee! xoxo

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  4. Thanks Gina! Looks yummy!

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  5. Love hot sauce and this sounds wonderful! Would go with so many foods!

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  6. From this half-Colombiana, thanks!

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  7. Ooooo..I want to try this because my husband has been all about adding hot sauce to things, and this is a healthier way to do it! Question: how long does it keep for in the fridge? Can you freeze it?

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  8. I love the southern recipes but don't care for the Morocan recipes. Send more because you are great. WW is awesome & we need all the help we can get.

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  9. Good question Kassie, it keeps a while. At least 1 week if not longer. I'm sure it would freeze fine! Great way to use up that extra cilantro you don't know what to do with!!

    I should mention, if you like your food super hot, add more peppers. Scott bonnets are super hot! You coups also use jalapeño peppers, red pepper flakes would even do.

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  10. These kind of home made hot sauce are healthy and tasty.I like the flavor of this sauce too.

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  11. Hi Gina, this looks great (as always). What kind of vinager do you use when you make it?

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  12. Another yummy looking recipe!!!!

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  13. I used white, but red wine would work too.

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  14. I can't even tell you how excited I am to see this!!!! I recently tried your empanadas (using your picadillo recipe) and they have been such a hit I made them three times within a week! My Puerto Rican-Colombian husband loved them but was missing the "green sauce" that is served on the side at the local Colombian restaurants. Now I can make some for him! Since he's asked for 100 empadanas for his birthday, I'll be making at least a quart of this! :)

    P.S. We had company over for empanadas and one of our guests doesn't eat red meat, so I made up a chicken empanada and it was awesome. It was the first time I created something that was good, so thanks for being the inspiration!!!

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  15. Yum! THis looks fabulous. I love spicy food.

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  16. This is very similar to sofrito, yes?

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  17. Sounds spicy hot and delicious!

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  18. I have some friends who love this recipe!

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  19. Here via Kim's blog (Stirring The Pot) where I saw your link to this recipe. I love aji sauce. I first came across it in Steven Raichlen's Planet Barbecue!

    I like your blog, great photography and content.

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  20. No, sofrito is something you cook with, where as aji is a condiment you eat raw, add to your cooked food. Hot sauce basically.

    Thanks Chris!

    The longer this sits in the fridge, the better it tastes. So make this ahead of time. Great with bbq meats!

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  21. My mom always makes pavlova's but I've never attempted it. Thanks for the inspiration - this is so pretty!

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  22. Rebecca, crab and shrimp empanadas are great too, I'll try to post them soon!

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  23. I'm Colombian and my mom always says "al calculo del ojo" when cooking, she never measures anything. I guess that's the Colombian secret :) Thank you for this blog!

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  24. Yes Katy! Which is why it's so hard to make Moms recipes if I'm not standing right next to her : )

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  25. Thank-you for your great post, its really intresting and mouth watering. Its easy to prepare and very intresting to read. Definetly ill try this tonight.

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  26. I made this for dinner tonight!  I forgot to buy the ingredients for the aji, but with a spatter of hot sauce my hubs and I were happily slurping up our soup.

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  27. Great! how did you change your font!

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  28. graceismine2/9/11, 5:54 PM

    This worked so well with the Arroz con Pollo. Really gave it a kick! :O)

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  29. Gina, I bought the ingredients to try this, but got scared a little. Your recipe for the Habanero Cilantro Lime Rice doesn't have any red in it. My grocery store only had RED habanero chile peppers. Is this right??? We do like the spicy sauces, but I don't want to kill myself with this stuff either. The website I just looked up as the red habanero among the top 5 hottest peppers.
    Please let me know which color of pepper is to be used in this recipe. Thanks!!!

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  30. Mine were green, they might get hotter when red! You could use any hot pepper, jalapenos would work too.

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  31. Im new to WW and when given your sight at our meeting, I was soo excited to check it out. They were naming off sooo many yummy sounding recipes at our meeting(not nice to do when its dinner time) and I absolutely am thrilled to start my new journey,,and these recipes are awesome!!! Thank You sooo much for the points recipes on here, I will be visiting often!!! :)

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  32. lol, no not too nice! Welcome, hope you like everything!

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  33. Brandy McCoy8/23/11, 3:10 PM

    You are doing us foodies a great service! Thanks for all your hard work! I would love to see the Crab Empanada recipe soon! LOL

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  34. Can I puree in a blender? I do not have a food processor

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  35. Yes, you can puree it in a blender. Just don't blend it for too long.

    Gina - thanks for this fantastic recipe. I made this along with your Fiesta Lime Rice and Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken. A truly amazing meal (except for the part where I was careless with the habaneros and had to soak my hand in yogurt! Gloves next time for sure).

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  36. Your recipes are too die for. They are delicious, and I'm so happy to have found your blog that has helped fit right in with my healthier lifestyle. By the way, you made me porud with this recipe. I am 100% COLOMBIAN and I approve!!!

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  37. Just made this to go with the Carne Guisada that's simmering away...snuck a taste and wow! It's delicious! Can't wait to pair them together!

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  38. I want to make this tonight but I dont have peppers, can I use hot sauce, or hot pepper flakes or srichihi?

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  39. This is an excellent pairing with the guisada - so amazingly good.

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  40. Made this for my husband with the Carne Guisada latin stew and we both loved it! I added a clove of garlic to the salsa just cause I love garlic :) thanks so much for sharing, I love your recipes Gina!

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  41. I've been making your recipes for a few years now. I just wanted to pipe in finally and say I love this sauce! I made it originally to go with the Carne Guisada but I've been putting it on everything even after the stew was long gone. I will definitely be making this over and over again! Thanks!

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  42. I use your recipes 3-4 times a week. At least! I could post on every recipe, but I decided to comment on this one because we LOVE your aji picante sauce!! I make double batches and freeze what we don't use that week to use later. And I put it in baby food jars and give it away as gifts. Delish! We can't WAIT for your cookbook to come out! Thanks for all the hard work you put into these recipes. We are loving them.

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  43. Looks amazing! What kind of vinegar should I use?

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  44. Raw or roasted peppers?

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