Salsa de aji ( ecuadorian hot salsa )

Yield: 1 +cups

Measure Ingredient
2 larges Tomatoes; seeds removed, finely chopped
1 medium Onion; finely chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh cilantro; finely chopped
4 larges Aji chiles; seeds and stems removed, chopped
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4 larges Yellow wax hot chiles
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4 \N Jalapenos
½ cup Water
\N \N Salt to taste

Combine the tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a bowl. Place the chiles, water, and 3 tablespoons of the tomato, onion, cilantro mixture in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add the chile puree to the remaining tomato mixture and mix well.

Salt to taste.

Variations: Ecuadorians are very fond of adding beans to their salsa.

The most popular beans are the lupini, which are large white beans about the size of Lima beans. Just add the cooked beans directly to the salsa. Or, add 1 teaspoon peanut butter with the chiles in the blender and follow the above recipe.

The Authors' heat scale: Medium _Hot and Spicy Latin Dishes_ from Chili Pepper Magazine Dave DeWitt, Mary Jane Wilson, Melissa T. Stock Prima Publishing, 1995 ISBN 1-55958-484-X Typos by JP

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