Homemade Chili Paste Recipe (2024)

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This delicious chili paste recipe is great to have on hand to spice up your next dish. Healthy, super affordable and packed with flavor.

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Original recipe: January 2013 | Updated: June 2023

Why This Recipe Works

My cute hubby and I both love spicy food. A while back, while enjoying dinner out alone at one of our favorite Asian restaurants, we realized we were eating a lot of chili paste. It dawned on us that we had never made chili paste at home!

At restaurants we devour it, so we formulated our very own recipe and gave it a whirl. This recipe is delicious and we make this all the time, much like this hot pepper jelly recipe which is another household staple.

If you are a spice lover, then you will not be disappointed in this red chilli paste recipe. Go to your local grocery store and go crazy picking out the prettiest hot peppers you can find.

The peppers listed in this post are merely suggestions. Cater them to your personal preference. Just a few simple ingredients are required to make this spicy dipping sauce at home.

Recipe Ingredients

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Chili peppers – Any variety of hot peppers will suffice! Get creative and colorful, as long as you have approximately 2 total cups after chunks have been cut.
Options include: serrano, red chilies, Thai chili peppers, habanero, bell peppers, ghost pepper, red cayenne peppers and dorset naga.

Canola oil – This variety of oil can be used interchangeably with vegetable oil, sesame oil or olive oil.

Vinegar – White or apple cider vinegar can be used in this recipe.

How To Make Chili Paste

These are just suggestions, but here are the peppers I like to start with:

  • 2 serrano peppers
  • 3 red chillies
  • 1 Thai chili pepper (use more of these to create a Thai chili paste!)
  • 1 habanero chili pepper

The above peppers are typically easy to find in most larger grocery stores, but if you encounter difficulty find them, replace with other peppers or check out an Asian foods store!

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Remove the stems (keep the seeds!) and cut the peppers into chunks.

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Add the following to the bowl of a food processor:

  • Pepper chunks
  • Shallots
  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • Granulated sugar
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Lime juice
  • Canola oil
  • White vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
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Pulse until a chunky paste forms.

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Transfer the paste to a small skillet or saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 7 minutes, or until the aroma of garlic is noticeable.

Remove the hot chili paste from the heat and let cool. Store covered in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes – Homemade Chili Paste Recipe

  • This homemade chilli paste recipe makes about 1 cup, which will last you a while unless you are my husband who immediately starts eating each batch as if it were salsa.
  • Keep the peppers used in the recipe green for a green chili paste and red for a red chili paste.
  • A good way to preserve this paste is to let it come to room temperature then freeze it! Pour it into ice cube trays so you can defrost small servings at a time, as needed.
  • For an extra smooth paste, use a blender or immersion blender to eliminate chunks. This will alter the paste consistency considerably!
  • This recipe makes a great gift! Use the instructions below to properly store it in mason jars, then gift them!
  • If the spice level is too intense, try one of these fixes. Add lime juice or lemon juice or a splash of wine or white vinegar to the mixture. Tomato paste or tomato sauce will help, as well.
  • Including a little bit of tomato paste adds a great depth of flavor, too.
  • To achieve an extra spicy sauce, add ground cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes or chili flakes.
  • Fresh ginger would add a fresh touch!

Water Bath Canning Without A Canner – A Step By Step Tutorial

There’s no need to buy a water bath canner if you’re wanting to can a big batch of something yummy! Use what you already have sitting in your kitchen. This technique works just as well to extend the shelf life of your food.

Step 1

Carefully place jars (and their lids) into a large pot of cold water in a single layer. Turn the heat to medium-high heat and bring to a full rolling boil. Do not stack jars and ensure they are all immersed in the water (open sides facing up) with approximately 2 inches of water extending up past the top of the jars.

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Step 2

Fill clean jar with the mixture. Fill to about 1/2 inch from the top, wipe rims with a clean cloth and place lid on the jar. Screw as tightly as possible. Use an oven mitt for this step since the jars will be hot.

Step 3

After all jars have been filled and lidded, carefully return them to the boiling water and let boil for 10 minutes.

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Turn the burner off and remove each sterilized jar from the water once it has cooled down a bit. You may use a jar lifter for this step or carefully use a tongs and large spoon in tandem to pull and lift at the same time.

Step 4

Transfer jars to a flat surface and let sit for a few hours or overnight, or until the lids have sealed. You will hear an audible popping noise when a jar seals. Store each sealed glass jar in a cool dark place until ready to use. Once the seal has been broken, store in the refrigerator.

Uses For Chili Paste

Aside from being used as an ingredient in Asian recipes, there are so many other things chili paste tastes great with! Here are a few options:

  • Add it to your next bowl of rice or pasta!
  • Use it as a spread on your next sandwich or wrap.
  • Stir a few teaspoons into your next batch of burgers or brush it over chicken breasts before baking.
  • Add a bit to your next batch of chili for an added kick!
  • Stir a teaspoon or two into sour cream and dip veggies in it.
  • Throw a few spoonfuls into your next stir fry.
  • Scramble it into your next batch of eggs!
  • Add it to your Ramen noodle bowl.

Chili Paste Substitute

If you do not have chili paste on hand or do not have the time to throw a batch together, here are some decent substitutions that will add heat and flavor in a pinch:

  • Sriracha sauce
  • Your favorite brand of hot sauce
  • Add red pepper flakes, chili powder and/or cayenne pepper to a can of tomato paste
  • Red pepper paste (1 Tbsp sugar + 1 tsp soy sauce + 2 tsp red pepper flakes)

Chili Paste vs Chili Sauce

Chili paste typically includes ingredients such as garlic, salt, vegetable oil and sometimes vinegar or other spices. The consistency of chili paste is thick and spreadable, hence being labeled as a “paste.”

Chili sauce is typically a smoother, less thick condiment. It contains chili peppers, vinegar, sugar and other seasonings and has a more sauce-like consistency.

The heat level of both the paste and the sauce can vary, depending on which types of chili peppers are used.

Chili Paste vs Sriracha

Chili paste is usually thick and spreadable, whereas sriracha sauce has a smooth and pourable consistency.

Sriracha has a sweet, garlicky and tangy flavor, while chili paste has a distinct chili flavor.

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FAQ About Chili Paste

What is chili paste?

Chili paste is made fromdried chilies and is contains a deep, robust flavor profile. It is an essential in Texas Red Chili and adds spice in other dishes.

Is chili paste spicy?

Chili paste has a thicker consistency than hot sauce and the flavor can vary depending on the brand or recipes. In some cases it is spicy and in others it is on the sweeter side.

How to preserve chili paste?

Store chili paste in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

What is Calabrian chili paste?

Calabrian chili paste is made from calabrian chiles which originate in Calabria, Italy. These peppers are vine-ripened and are deep red in color. They are often infused into oils, pastes and vinegars and are extremely flavorful.

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Easy Chili Paste Recipe

This delicious chili paste recipe is great to have on hand to spicy up your next dish. Healthy, super affordable and PACKED with flavor.

5 from 2 votes

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Course: Sauce

Cuisine: Asian

Prep Time: 8 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes minutes

Servings: 24

Calories: 22kcal

Author: Megan Porta

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots cut into chunks
  • 2 serrano chili peppers stems removed and cut into small pieces
  • 3 red chili peppers stems removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 hot Thai chili pepper stem removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Habañero chili pepper stem removed and cut into small pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic cut in half
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the shallots, the Serrano, red chili, Thai and Habanero peppers, garlic, sugar, salt, lime juice, canola oil, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Pulse until a chunky paste forms.

    2 shallots, 2 serrano chili peppers, 3 red chili peppers, 1 hot Thai chili pepper, 1 Habañero chili pepper, 3 cloves garlic, 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar, 1 tbsp kosher salt, 2 tbsp lime juice, 3 tbsp canola oil, 1 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • Pour the paste into a small skillet or saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for 7 minutes, or until the aroma of the garlic is noticeable.

  • Remove from heat and let cool. Store covered in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • This recipe makes about 1 cup, which will last you a while unless you are my husband who immediately starts eating each batch as if it WERE SALSA.
  • Keep the peppers used in the recipe green for a green chili paste and red for a red chili paste.
  • A good way to preserve this paste is to let it come to room temperature then freeze it! Pour it into ice cube trays so you can defrost small servings at a time, as needed.
  • For an extra smooth paste, use a blender or immersion blender to eliminate chunks. This will alter the paste consistency considerably!
  • This recipe makes a great gift! Use the instructions below to properly store it in mason jars, then gift them!
  • If it is too spicy, try one of these fixes. Add lime juice or lemon juice or a splash of wine, white vinegar to the mixture. Tomato paste or tomato sauce will help, too.
  • To achieve an extra spicy sauce, add ground cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes.
  • Fresh ginger would add a fresh touch!

Nutrition

Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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