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.

Stephanie Izard
September 2019

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Recipe Summary

active:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Yield:
Makes about 1 2/3 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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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