Home-made Harissa Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

With all the yummy pepper varieties around, let’s make our own Harissa sauce this week! Give yourself 65 minutes and taste buds that like spice, and you’re all set and ready to go.


  • 2 whole roasted red peppers seeds removed*
  • 2 dried ancho chilies*
  • 1 dried chile de árbol*
  • 2 in chipotle chiles adobo*
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 clove garlic peeled + smashed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


    Place the dried chiles in a heatproof bowl and pour the boiling water over top the chiles. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes until the chiles are softened. Reserve chile water.

    Once chiles are softened, cut the top off the chiles and remove the seeds from inside. Add to the bowl of a food processor or blender, along with the chipotle chiles in adobo, garlic and lemon juice.

    Purée, slowly pouring in the olive oil to thicken the sauce. If desired add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved chile water to thin the sauce a bit (I did not do this). Season to taste with salt and extra lemon juice.

    The Harissa will keep refrigerated for a few weeks.

    * You can use any combo of dried chiles you prefer. You will need a total of 5 dried chiles. To roast your own red peppers you can either broil them in the oven or place them directly on a gas top burner and char all sides of the pepper. Once all sides are charred remove the pepper from the broiler or stove top and place in a bowl and cover. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, remove and peel the charred parts away. Slice and use.

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