Ecuadorian Sauces

Recipes for traditional Ecuadorian sauces, including savory, spicy and sweet sauces:

Aji criollo: Aji criollo is an Ecuadorian hot sauce made with hot peppers, cilantro, garlic, onion and lime

Aji de tomate de árbol: Tree tomato or tamarillo aji is a very tasty hot sauce made from tree tomatoes or tamarillos, hot peppers, onion, cilantro and lime juice.

Cebollas encurtidas: Cebollas encurtidas are Ecuadorian lime pickled red onions

Mayonesa casera: Recipe for homemade mayonnaise made with egg, cumin, onion, salt, sunflower oil and lemon juice

Mayonesa de cilantro: Cilantro, lime and garlic aioli or mayonnaise sauce

Mermelada de piña: Homemade pineapple marmalade or jam infused with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and lemon verbena.

Salsa de queso con cilantro: Queso fresco and cilantro sauce

Salsa de mani: Salsa de mani or warm peanut sauce made with peanut butter, milk, onion, cumin, achiote, cilantro and hard-boiled egg.

Salsa rosada: Salsa rosada, also known as salsa golf, is a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup. For a completely from scratch version try the salsa rosada that is served on my favorite salchipapas.

Miel de panela: Miel de panela or miel de caña is a sweet syrup made from panela or piloncillo. It is used as a sweetener for drinks and also in a variety of Latin American desserts.

Comments

  1. Can I use frozen tomate de arbol…which is what I have.

    Thank you

    Yes, you can.

  2. This batch I am using thinly sliced red onions and chopped green. I will try it raw next time, thank you! :)

  3. Hola Laylita, So happy I have found your recipe website. I have lived in Ecuador for a year and a half now and want to know how to make some of their tasty dishes.

    “Aji de tomate de árbol: Tree tomato or tamarillo aji is a very tasty hot sauce made from tree tomatoes or tamarillos, hot peppers, onion, cilantro and lime juice.”

    With this salsa…I assume I am to boil the tomates….whole or cut up and peeled? and for how long? I have all of the ingredients today :)

    Gracias, Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne – You can boil the tree tomatoes, whole and then peel them as you would regular tomatoes. You can also peel them first and blend them with the aji, and then cook the sauce. The sauce lasts longer if you boil or cook the tree tomatoes. However, if you’re going to eat the sauce in a 1-2 days, and you have fresh tree tomatoes, then it tastes so much better to make the sauce raw: peel the tree tomatoes (cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh), blend them with an aji or hot pepper, a little bit of lemon juice, and some oil. Then add salt to taste, chopped green onions and chopped cilantro. It’s so good when completely fresh.

  4. I am so excited to find your website, I lived in Ecuador for 3 Years and I really
    Miss the food! I can’t wait to make some of my favorite dishes!

  5. How do you make the Salsa de mani? Is this the one I saw on Anthony Bourdain’s recent show in Ecuador? Thanks!

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