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Red Chile Paste

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Cool time 10 mins
Yield Makes 1 cup
Make your own red chile paste at home with this simple recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 6 dried New Mexico, ancho, or red chile peppers
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups torn sourdough bread pieces

How to Make It

  1. Bring chile peppers and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; boil 15 minutes. Drain chile peppers, discarding liquid, and let cool 10 minutes. Remove and discard stems and, if desired, seeds. Chop peppers.

  2. Pulse chile peppers, red bell pepper, and next 5 ingredients 8 times or until finely chopped. Add vinegar, olive oil, and bread; process until smooth (about 30 seconds).

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