Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 4 Mins
Serves 40 (serving size: about 1 tablespoon)
Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

How to Make It

Step 1

Place ancho chiles in a small saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain well. Remove stems, seeds, and membranes from chiles; discard. Place chiles in a medium bowl.

Step 2

Preheat broiler.

Step 3

Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand for 15 minutes. Peel and cut into 2-inch pieces. Add bell peppers to chiles.

Step 4

Reduce oven temperature to 350°.

Step 5

Arrange hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until toasted. Turn nuts out onto a towel. Roll up towel; rub off skins. Place hazelnuts in a food processor. Add almonds, garlic, and bread to food processor; process 1 minute or until finely ground. Add chile mixture, vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, and ground red pepper; process 1 minute or until combined. With processor on, slowly pour oil through food chute; process until well blended. Add 1/4 cup hot water and salt; process 10 seconds or until combined.

Step 6

Note: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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