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Homemade Harissa Recipe

Homemade Harissa Chili Paste - Recipe

This homemade harissa recipe is the ultimate chili paste with a mixture of chili peppers, oil and seasonings, including cumin, caraway, coriander and more. Learn how to make it.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili paste, chili peppers, recipe, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 76 kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 dried guajillo peppers stemmed and seeded
  • 6 dried ancho peppers stemmed and seeded
  • 3 dried pasilla peppers
  • 6 dried chiles de arbol or other dried peppers of choice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Roasted red bell pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Set the dried peppers into a large bowl or pot and pour boiling water over them. Let them steep about 20 minutes to soften. Set them into the food processor. NOTE: I prefer to dry toast the dried peppers in a hot skillet a few minutes before rehydrating them to release their oils, though you can make harissa without this step.

  2. Dry roast the caraway seeds, coriander sees and cumin seeds in a pan until they are fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Cool then grind them up with a mortar and pestle. Into the food processor they go.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and process to form a paste while drizzling in the olive oil.

  4. Store in a jar with a little oil over the top. Use as needed.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Store in the refrigerator. Because of the use of garlic in this recipe, use within a week.

NOTE: I prefer to dry toast the dried peppers in a hot skillet a few minutes before rehydrating them to release their oils, though you can make harissa without this step.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Harissa Chili Paste - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 583mg24%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.