Sauce Up Your Life with Homemade Harissa

January 9, 2019

Sauce Up Your Life with Homemade Harissa

Homemade Harissa

This smoky paste is a wonderful addition to jazz up any meal.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword ancho chile, chile de arbol, coriander, cumin seed, guajillo chile, harissa
Author Déja Todman


  • 15 dried chiles de árbol
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles
  • 1 dried ancho chile
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • teaspoons coriander seeds
  • teaspoons hot smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup olive oil divided


  1. Place árbol, guajillo, and ancho chiles in a large heatproof measuring glass. Pour boiling water over them to submerge, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until chiles are very pliable and cool enough to handle, 15–20 minutes.

  2.  Drain then remove stems and seeds and discard.

  3. Toast cumin and coriander in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat, tossing constantly, until very fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, add garlic and pulse until a paste is formed.

  4. Add chiles and pulse until chiles form a coarse paste. Add lemon juice, vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, and salt and process until mostly smooth with some texture. Stream in ½ cup oil with the food processor still running. Process until oil is incorporated.

  5. Transfer harissa to a bowl. Pour remaining ¼ cup oil over top.
  6. Enjoy! 😀

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