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Fresh Jalapeño Hot Sauce
© Chris Chen

Fresh Jalapeño Hot Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 10 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 1 1/2 cups
  • BASIC-EASY
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

The inspiration for this sauce by chef Abraham Conlon is cafreal, an Indian braise with Portuguese roots. It’s a sprightly, all-purpose sauce that’s vividly flavored with cilantro, chiles, garlic and lime juice. (Seed and de-rib some or all of the chiles for a milder version.) Conlon recommends stirring the sauce into a green chile stew, using it as a marinade for chicken, or sprinkling it on pork or fish tacos.

Slideshow: Spicy Recipes

  1. 6 ounces jalapeño chiles (6 medium), stemmed and thinly sliced
  2. 4 cilantro sprigs, chopped
  3. 2 scallions, chopped
  4. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  5. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  6. 2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and puree until smooth.
Make Ahead The hot sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
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