Aji Amarillo Paste is widely used in Peruvian cooking. You can buy Aji Amarillo Paste commercially, but here is a recipe to make it at home with fresh Aji Amarillo chili peppers.
I grew Aji Amarillo peppers this year in my garden again and DANG were they productive. The plants produced a huge harvest for me, so I've been cooking with Aji Amarillo peppers like crazy this summer and now into fall.
Aji Amarillo peppers have a good level of heat - in the 30,000 - 50,000 Scoville Heat Units range. That's about 6-10 times hotter than your average jalapeno pepper. Not bad! Learn more about the Scoville Scale here.
The Ají Amarillo is grown in all areas of Peru. Used by the Incas, it is still the most common and popular pepper in that country.
If you're a fan of Peruvian cuisine, you most likely need to purchase Aji Amarillo peppers in dried or paste form, which is totally great, but if you're able to get your hands on fresh Aji Amarillo peppers, they're so worth it.
The paste is mixed with other ingredients, including mayo, crema, tomato paste and more to make a simple table or dipping sauce.
Let's talk about how to make our Aji Amarillo Paste, shall we?
How to Make Aji Amarillo Paste - the Recipe Method
First, add the following ingredients to a food processor - 2 chopped aji amarillo peppers, a tablespoon chopped onion, 1 chopped garlic clove, pinch of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.
Process the mixture until a thick paste forms.
You can thin it out a bit with water or a bit more oil if you need to, but it is best nice and thick as you'll be using it as a flavoring component.
NOTE: This will last a week in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Variations and Pepper Substitutions
I used fresh aji peppers, here, though you can pan cook them or roast them first for a different flavor.
You can also try other peppers, such as other aji peppers, or consider the yellow bell pepper for a no heat version. If you do want some heat, use a mix of peppers, such as a yellow bell along with part of or a whole habanero or Scotch Bonnet.
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That's it, my friends! I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Try Some of My Other Chili Paste Recipes
- Homemade Harissa
- Habanero Chili Paste
- Homemade Chili-Garlic Sauce
- Ancho-Guajillo Chili Paste
- How to Make Fresh Chili Paste
- Chili Paste from Around the World
- Achiote Paste
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Aji Amarillo Paste – Recipe
- 2 aji amarillo peppers chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove chopped
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process until nice a thick paste forms.
- Adjust for salt and pepper and serve!