Ají de Maní (Peanut Hot sauce)

by Erica Dinho on May 3, 2010

Aji de Mani

Ají de Maní is a spicy sauce indigenous to the Popayan zone of Colombia. It is a must for Empanadas de Pipian and Tamales de Pipian. I personally love this delicious sauce with fresh vegetables or grilled chicken.

My American husband eats this sauce as a dip with Ritz crackers and he says that it is really good. However you use it, it is a wonderful spicy sauce recipe.

Buen provecho!

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Ingredients

  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon sazon goya with azafran, achiote or color
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon jabanero pepper
  • 2 cups of water

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan, add the scallions and cilantro. Cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth. Transfer the sauce to the sauce pan and cook over medium-low for 12 to 15 minutes. Let it cool and serve.
  3. Note: Refrigerate covered up to 1 week.
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1 Tangled Noodle May 3, 2010 at 9:57 AM

This ají de maní sounds delicious! With the other sauces you’ve featured, I realize that there are so many wonderful sauces still to be discovered. I don’t think I’ll be content with the same old condiments any more! 8-)

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2 Baking is my Zen May 3, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I love sauces…thanks for this recipe!

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3 Carla May 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I like this sauce. Sounds like it would be best on pork or chicken for me. Funny how you referenced your American husband…Ritz crackers, that was cute. ;-)

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4 Sandi May 3, 2010 at 10:25 AM

that looks really great!!

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5 Kim May 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

So cute that your husband eats this on ritz crackers! I would love this on some grilled veggies or grilled chicken. Sounds delicious Erica.

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6 Erica May 3, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Thank you guys!

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7 Ivy May 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM

That looks really delicious and original!

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8 Soma May 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

This sauce is a keeper. It sounds so good that I could dip my fingers in the bowl and lick them clean :-)

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9 5 Star Foodie May 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

A wonderful sauce! My husband would love this too!

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10 Anonymous May 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

¡Hola! Erica.
Una receta curiosa, me tomo nota pero aunque creo que tendré que sacrificarla un poco quitándole picante. Porque no lo tolero mucho.
Un beso.

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11 Joan Nova May 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I imagine it would also be delicious spooned over rice or tablespoon or so in various stewed or braised meat/seafood dishes. It really has my mouth watering.

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12 Erica May 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I love all your comments! Thank you so much!

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13 Lyndsey May 3, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I’m going to remember this sauce, it looks fantastic! I don’t know about eating it on a Ritz though….

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14 Sandra G May 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I want to try this Erica sounds really Yummy!

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15 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes May 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Oh I am going to make this the next time I make empanadas! Or it would be good with grilled chicken like you said. Yum!

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16 grace May 3, 2010 at 4:44 PM

i can see ritz crackers as being a suitable vehicle for this sauce–right on!

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17 Juliana May 3, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Wow, this peanut sauce sure looks so tasty…love the ingredients in it…yummie!

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18 Faith May 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

I agree, grilled chicken is a delicious use for this wondeful sauce!

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19 panutts May 3, 2010 at 10:19 PM

yumm looks very tempting,

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20 MaryMoh May 4, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Wow…this must be very flavourful and delicious. I remember my mom used to cook peanut soup for us. She said it’s very nutritious.

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21 Oysterculture May 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

This peanut sauce sounds amazing – I feel like you’ve been holding out on me, but you are always pulling out some incredible recipes. This one I know is sure to be a special treat.
Aside from the Empanadas de Pipian and Tamales de Pipian is it a sauce that is used for specific foods?

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22 Melanie May 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I love spicy peanut sauce–great for chicken–I want some now.

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23 norma May 4, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I would definitely use this on grilled veggies. Thanks for the recipe…it’s been printed and saved.

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24 Empar May 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Hola! Erica
No logro comprender porque no me reconoce al dejarte mensajes y siempre sale Anonimo. El comentario anterior Anonimo soy yo.
Soy Empar de Creandoenlacocina.blogspot.
A ver si por fín me reconoce como tal.
Un beso.

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25 tasteofbeirut May 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Love that sauce Erica!
I like the peanuts in a savory sauce so much better than in a sweet pastry. This will be a nice change from the tahini sauce i use usually!

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26 Oysterculture May 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Erica, the rest of my dinner is still cooking, and I hope to have enough of this sauce left to serve with it. I cannot help myself, I have to keep sampling – it is so good and tasty! What a delicious sauce. It is a keeper indeed. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!

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27 Belinda @zomppa May 4, 2010 at 11:21 PM

With Ritz crackers? WOW! I can imagine this is good on anything – thanks for sharing!

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28 Haley J. May 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Oh, this looks exciting! I cannot wait to try it out – I love finding new uses for jabanero peppers!

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29 Erica May 11, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Thank you :)

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30 Gado-Gado Gal June 28, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Erica,
I think the logical thing to do now would be to provide a recipe for Tamales de Pipián! :)
Misha

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31 Dianna V September 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

This sounds like sopa de mani. But no one in my family has ever made this. I want to make this for my husband (american). When I cook a colombian dish he comes home he sniffs the air and says, “Oh yeah, this reminds me of when we were just dating.” LOL

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