Ají de Maní is a traditional Colombian sauce and a must to serve empanadas de pipian. This delicious peanut hot sauce is also perfect to serve on top of grilled meats.
Ají de Maní Recipe (Peanut Hot sauce)
- 2 scallions finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ¾ cup roasted peanuts
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- 1 large garlic clove
- ¼ teaspoon sazon goya with azafran achiote or color
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon habanero pepper chopped
- 2 cups of water
- 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.
- 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.
Ají de Maní is a spicy sauce indigenous to the Popayan region 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.
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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! 😎
Baking is my Zen
I love sauces...thanks for this recipe!
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. 😉
that looks really great!!
So cute that your husband eats this on ritz crackers! I would love this on some grilled veggies or grilled chicken. Sounds delicious Erica.
Thank you guys!
That looks really delicious and original!
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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A wonderful sauce! My husband would love this too!
Una receta curiosa, me tomo nota pero aunque creo que tendré que sacrificarla un poco quitándole picante. Porque no lo tolero mucho.
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.
I love all your comments! Thank you so much!
I'm going to remember this sauce, it looks fantastic! I don't know about eating it on a Ritz though....
I want to try this Erica sounds really Yummy!
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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!
i can see ritz crackers as being a suitable vehicle for this sauce--right on!
Wow, this peanut sauce sure looks so tasty...love the ingredients in it...yummie!
I agree, grilled chicken is a delicious use for this wondeful sauce!
yumm looks very tempting,
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.
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?
I love spicy peanut sauce--great for chicken--I want some now.
I would definitely use this on grilled veggies. Thanks for the recipe...it's been printed and saved.
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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!
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!!!!!
With Ritz crackers? WOW! I can imagine this is good on anything - thanks for sharing!
Oh, this looks exciting! I cannot wait to try it out - I love finding new uses for jabanero peppers!
Thank you 🙂
I think the logical thing to do now would be to provide a recipe for Tamales de Pipián! 🙂
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
I have eaten these in a tiny corner store in Popayan on the recommendation of my hostel owner. They were so good we kept buying more plates. That led me to search for this recipe.