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22 February 2016

An all purpose chili paste recipe made with fresh chili peppers and seasonings. Use it as a condiment, sauce, spread, or for swirling into other recipes for a heat and flavor boost. Or, How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Chili Peppers.

Chili pastes ROCK. Don’t they? They’re pretty key in many recipes and every cuisine around the world has some version of their own chili paste that includes local chilies and ingredients. Chili pastes are wonderful because they bring the essence of the peppers into many a dish, often taming a bit of that heat and mellowing out the flavor of raw peppers.

It’s an all-purpose condiment, chili paste. I like to make some on the weekend so I can use it in recipes all week long. It depends on the seasonings you’re using. If you want to be even MORE all-purpose, limit your seasonings and incorporate those on a per-dish basis. This particular recipe only includes a bit of cumin and some fresh garlic, which we love as they compliment so many dishes for us. Looks tasty, doesn’t it?

Fresh Chili Paste Recipe - How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Chili Peppers

You can make chili pastes from dried peppers, though you must rehydrate them first. Most pastes are made from dried pods, but fresh is just as good. You can apply this recipe to any type of chili pepper. Looking for a superhot version? Go for it! I have a Habanero Chili Paste recipe here as well that you can check out.

For this recipe, I used some fingerling and long red cayenne peppers we found at the local farmer’s market. As I said, I like to make this on the weekend and keep it for using all week. How can you use chili paste? So many ways!

Uses for Chili Paste

  • Swirl it into soups for extra heat and flavor.
  • Use it as a spread for sandwiches.
  • Drop a few tablespoons into any meat mixture, like burgers or meatloaf.
  • Use it as a rub or a marinade for fresh fish or chicken.
  • Add it to stew for extra oomph.
  • Mix it with mayo or sour cream for a quick dipper.
  • So many ways!

How do YOU like to use chili paste? We want to know!

Fresh Chili Paste Recipe - How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Chili Peppers

Fresh Chili Paste Recipes

Here is a list of homemade chili paste recipes I have on the site, made from either fresh or dried peppers. Essential for big flavor!

How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Chili Peppers

First, add your peppers and other vegetables (like garlic or onion, if using) to a food processor and process until finely chopped.

Next, transfer it to a pot with olive oil. Heat to low and cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a bit more olive oil if needed. Do not burn the mixture.

Add seasonings and stir. Cook another 5 minutes or so to let flavors develop.

Cool and transfer to a food processor. Process until smooth.

Finally, transfer to a jar and refrigerate! Use a spoonful at a time.

See below for our exact recipe.

5 from 2 votes
Fresh Chili Paste Recipe - How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Peppers
Fresh Chili Paste Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
An all purpose chili paste recipe made with fresh chili peppers and seasonings. Use it as a condiment, sauce, spread, or for swirling into other recipes for a heat and flavor boost. Or, How to Make Chili Paste from Fresh Chili Peppers.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chili peppers chopped - I used a combination of fingerlings and long red cayenne peppers, though you can use any type.
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 small shallots chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil plus more as needed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add peppers, garlic and shallots to a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Transfer to a pot and add olive oil. Heat to low and cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a bit more olive oil if needed. Do not burn the mixture.
  3. Add seasonings and stir. Cook another 5 minutes or so to let flavors develop.
  4. Cool and transfer to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate! Use a spoonful at a time.
Recipe Notes

Should last about a week or so. Yields about 1.5 cups.

 

10 comments

  1. Totally awesome recipe. I actually bought sealed ice cube trays from the dollar store and portioned the paste evenly amongst them. Makes for easy access when cooking.

  2. Grace Kabucho

    What can you use in place of the food processor?

    REPLY: Grace, you can use a blender, or even a mortar and pestle. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  3. It would be good to know if I processed the jars in a water bath if I could store it for longer ?

    REPLY: Rose, chili paste can be stored, but if using the waterbath method, you’ll need to add in vinegar or citrus to bring the PH to 4.0 or below for storage. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  4. I made one today , it was chilli madness at it’s best.
    Used some home grown red chillies from Italy.

  5. I thought chilli pastes, sauces. Etc had vinegar in them to last longer or am i wrong?

    REPLY: You can include vinegar, though it is not necessary for a paste. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  6. Hi I just want to ask if I can use this paste to alter the red pepper flakes/Powder in making a kimchi , I love spice and I want to improve my kimchi, Im selling my kimchi actually ⯑

    REPLY: Kristhop, I would think you could use this in place of red pepper flakes for kimchi. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. Curious! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  7. Can this be frozen?

    REPLY: Liz, yes, you can freeze this then thaw to use as desired. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  8. John Shotsky

    Hey, Mike!
    I’m wondering if, by fingerling peppers, you mean those little sweet peppers about the size of a jalapeno? There is an interesting history of those:
    http://www.liseed.org/fingerpepper.html
    I think I’d just use a regular orange/red sweet bell pepper in this recipe, if that’s what you mean by fingerling. They are sweet and mild, right?

    REPLY: John, those would work fine for a paste. I used a combination of peppers, but this works for any type of pepper. Good stuff! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

  9. how can I make chillie paste as home base business

    REPLY: That is a very good question for discourse! Perhaps one of our professional readers will be able to answer that one. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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