I recently had the opportunity to delve into meal kit delivery service. Have you tried any of these? My order from Blue Apron was yummy and I especially loved this dish: Ancho Orange Chicken. IMHO it was the ancho chili paste responsible for the flavor (with few calories). This past weekend I recreated the entree for a dinner party. Again, it worked out beautifully, but only after I was able to procure a key ingredient: ancho chili paste. Who knew if would be so difficult to get my hands on?!
I finally had to resort to making my own. Today’s recipe is that chili paste!
Before I share the recipe, let me tell you why I adore this chili paste: it has just enough sizzle, without being ‘all about the heat‘. (I’m a bit of a whimp when it comes to setting my mouth on fire!) The flavor is smokey and sweet with notes of coffee and fruit (i.e. dried plums or raisins.) Besides using this chili paste in the Ancho Orange Chicken recipe from Blue Apron, I will also use it to boost the flavor of a myriad of foods including: salsas, marinades, dips, rice, sauces, tofu, chili, tacos, and beans. BTW it’s inexpensive to make, I made mine for less than one dollar.
For more information about the benefits of the fiery little vegetable see my post: Chili Peppers: Health Food or Hype?