Salsa de aji – ecuador


2 lg tomatoes, seeded, chop fine
1 med onion, chopped fine
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
4 lg chiles, aji, seeds and stems removed
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Combine the tomatoes, onion and cilantro in a bowl. Place the chiles, water and 3 tbsp of the tomato, onion, cilantro mixture in a blender or processor and puree until smooth. Add the chile puree to the remaining 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 lg white beans about the size of lima beans. Just add the cooked beans directly to the salsa. Or, add 1 tsp peanut butter with the chiles in the blender and follow the above recipe. Substitute yellow wax hot chiles or jalapenos if the aji chiles are not available. Yield: 2 cups.

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