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Colombian aji picante


Colombian aji picante

In South American cuisine, aji is the name for both a variety of chilli peppers and fresh salsa made with these peppers.
This Colombian recipe is known as salsa de aji picante, and it features two jalapeno peppers, making it pretty spicy. 
Eight months before my son was born, I was working on a project in Colombia. One evening, my local host took me and the team to a Parrillada in the hills overlooking Bogata. The meat was awesome, but the salsas that accompanied the meat were mind-blowing. This is one of those salas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Colombian
Servings 8 people
Calories 11 kcal


  • 1 small food processor


  • 4 tbsp spring onions
  • 1 medium medium tomato
  • 2 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • cup coriander minced
  • cup parsley
  • 1 lime (juice)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water or more as needed


  • ½ tsp rock salt
  • ½ tsp fresh black pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a small food processor and pulse a few times
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to let the flavours meld.


Serve with barbecued steak or any other cut of meat
Keyword aji, picante, salsa, spicy

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