Spicy Harissa Paste
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Harissa is a spicy chile paste with a deep, tangy flavor and a nice kick!
Course: Sauces, Dips, & Spreads
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 1 cups
Calories: 12 kcal
Recipe: Mountain Cravings
  • 4 oz. dried chiles
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 t. caraway
  • 1 t. coriander
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. dried mint
  • 1 t. kosher salt
  • 2 T. lemon juice
  • 2-4 T. olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put chiles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak until softened, about 30 minutes.
  3. While chiles are soaking, roast the red pepper. Slice in half and place cut side down on a foil-covered sheet. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes, until completely softened.
  4. Place red pepper in a sealed bag to cool, then peel and seed.
  5. Drain softened chiles and remove the stems and seeds.
  6. Combine chiles, red pepper, garlic, spices, lemon juice, and 2 T. olive oil in a blender or food processor. Pulse into a smooth, thick paste. Add more olive oil if needed.
  7. Pour into a jar and top with a thin layer of olive oil.
  8. Store in the fridge and add to everything.

You can substitute dried chiles with twice as many fresh, or use a combination - e.g. 8 oz. fresh, or 2 oz. dried & 4 oz. fresh.