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Colombian Ají Sauce

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4
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by: Cristina Duffy
Updated Jul 17, 2017
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  • 1 ripe tomato, diced in small cubes
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 ají pepper or habanero chili pepper (finely chopped and seeded)
  • 1/2 stalk chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice drops (optional)


  • 1
    Combine all finely chopped ingredients in a deep bowl.
  • 2
    Check the seasoning and if desired, you can add a few drops of lemon juice.
  • 3
    Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes for the mix of flavors to intensify.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    If you don't have ají or habanero peppers at hand, a few drops of Tabasco can be used as a spicy substitute.

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More About This Recipe

  • Ají sauce is a staple in Colombian cuisine. It’s commonly used to accompany empanadas, patacones, arepas and grilled meats. The sauce’s ingredients can always be found in Colombian kitchens so that ají can be prepared in under 30 minutes to enjoy with any main dish. You set your preferred level of spice by adding more or less chili peppers and striking the perfect level of acidity when adding the vinegar. All that's left after that is to enjoy this delicious sauce with the meal you desire most.
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