Active Time
10 MIN
Total Time
40 MIN
Serves : Makes about 1 2/3 cups

Huacatay, or Peruvian black mint, is a member of the marigold family. It’s hard to come by fresh in States, but the jarred paste is smooth and creamy with notes of green tea; look for it online or in Latin markets.

How to Make It

Step 1    

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Add onion, jalapeño, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in huacatay paste. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Step 2    

Transfer huacatay mixture to a blender; process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add cream cheese, lime juice, and mint; process until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds.

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