Salsa Criolla – Ecuadorian Creole Sauce

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Last Updated on April 15, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Salsa Criolla - Ecuadorian Hot Sauce / Creole Sauce

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Aji Criolla is Ecuador’s national hot sauce. While Ecuadorian food on its own is not a spicy cuisine, the ubiquitous aji criolla is on every table and this is how Ecuadorians add spicy heat to their food. The base of this sauce is aji chile peppers, which are small spicy hot peppers. These peppers are not commonly available in the United States, although I have seen them in a few Latin markets, so I used aji pepper paste as a substitute for the fresh peppers.

There are a few Peruvian food brands that have become readily available at any good quality Latin Market and also at some mainstream supermarkets like Dona Isabel & Inca Foods. Look for these brands and you will be able to purchase the pepper paste I used for an instant version of Aji Criolla.

Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 6 scallions
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons aji amarillo pepper paste
  • salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

Condiments
Latin American Salsa Creole
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Salsa Criolla – Ecuadorian Creole Sauce

This quick and easy Ecuadorian Creole Sauce has just enough spice. It is a great compliment to any meal or dip.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Ecuadorian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 73kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4 bunch parsley
  • 6 scallions
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons aji amarillo pepper paste
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Notes

Feel free to add more pepper paste if you want to make it spicier.
Tomatoes are sometimes added.
Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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