The Best Hot Sauce!

Comlombian Ají

Spicy Colombian aji is the hot sauce of my dreams: vinegary, acidic, spicy in just the right amount.  And of course, its beautiful green colour doesn't hurt, either! Discover the best hot sauce you didn't know you were missing.

– 1 hot pepper finely minced (you can use any hot pepper of your choice - green banana peppers are mild, jalapenos are a bit spicier, or you can use a mix of green and red peppers)

– ½ cup white vinegar – ¼ cup water – ½ teaspoon salt – ½ teaspoon sugar – 1 tablespoon lime juice

– 2 tablespoons vegetable oil – ½ cup fresh cilantro finely minced – ½ cup scallions finely minced – ½ tomato optional, finely minced

Chop finely hot peppers, cilantro, scallions and tomatoes

Add all chopped greens in a bowl

Add all the liquids: vinegar, water, lime juice and vegetable oil

Season with salt, and sugar

Transfer to a jar and let it sit in dark, cool area for at least 24 hours, and then refrigerate.

NOTE Do not blend your ingredients, and take care to chop very finely; it will ruin the texture of your aji.