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Fresh Chili Paste Recipe - How to Make Chili Paste
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Fresh Chili Paste Recipe (How to Make Chili Paste)

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili paste, chili peppers, spicy
Servings: 10
Calories: 199kcal


  • 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


  • Add peppers, garlic and shallots to a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • 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.
  • Add seasonings and stir. Cook another 5 minutes or so to let flavors develop.
  • Cool and transfer to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  • Transfer to a jar and refrigerate! Use a spoonful at a time.


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


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 864mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 12015IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2.9mg