Costa Rican “Lizano” Hot Sauce
|2 dried guajillo chilies|
|1 and 1/2 cups water|
|1/2 small yellow onion chopped|
|1 (4 inch) piece of carrot, chopped|
|4 cloves garlic, chopped|
|2 tbs sugar|
|2 tbs fresh lemon juice|
|1 tbs white vinegar|
|1 tbs cumin|
|1 tbs kosher salt|
|2 tsp molasses|
This hot sauce it typical in Costa Rican cooking. It is spicy, tart and sweet. A base of guajillo chilies, lemon juice, garlic, and molasses for sweetness is used. It is especially delicious when used in bean and rice dishes.
- Remove the stems from the chilies, then slice lengthwise and remove all the seeds and the pith.
- Preheat a cast iron skillet, using medium heat and place the chilies in the pan and roast for 2 minutes per side.
- Add the water the the pan and bring to a simmer, then simmer the chilies for 5 minutes.
- Place the chilies in a blender or food processor, along with 1 cup of the chilie water
- Add the onion, carrot, garlic, salt, molasses, garlic and salt.
- Blend until smooth.
- Use as a condiment or as an addition to to beans or other dishes.