Ecuadorian Magic Potion aka Aji Criollo

Ecuadorian Magic Potion aka Aji Criollo

This magic potion is green and spicy and packed with fresh herbs — resistance is futile. We’re talking about aji criollo

– from Annie D’Souza at the midwestival blog (well said!) Thank you.


Inspired by Chimborazo and Brasa Rotisserie; Serves 4+


3 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and stemmed

1 big bunch cilantro

1/2 bunch parsley

2 green onions (or a couple of tablespoons of chopped onion)

juice from one lime

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup mayo (optional, but encouraged)

salt to taste


Fry the garlic cloves in oil for about 30-60 seconds until fragrant, then throw everything but the salt into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Salt to taste.

It’ll last in the refrigerator for up to three days.