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Red Chile Paste

Red Chile Paste

Make your own red chile paste at home with this simple recipe. 

Southern Living APRIL 2005

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup
  • Cook time: 20 Minutes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Cool: 10 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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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