Harissa is a Tunisian hot sauce that is used throughout North African cooking. Extra spices give it a great flavor that is much more than simply spicy. Harissa adds a welcome boost to cooked lentils, beans, and soups.

Makes: nullHands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: null


  • 2 oz. dried hot red chili peppers (about 15 to 20), stems and seeds removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp. ground caraway
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh cilantro
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  • Soak the chili peppers in hot water for 15 minutes, or until they are nice and soft.
  • Drain the peppers, then combine with garlic, spices, and salt in a food processor.
  • Blend the ingredients, adding 1 tablespoon olive oil to make a paste.
  • Pour into a clean glass jar and cover with remaining oil. Refrigerated, it will keep for a few weeks.