Colombian Ají Verde Sauce
- 2 jalapeño peppers seeded and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 2 green onions (white part only), finely chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- salt to taste
- water to consistency desired
Just like with empanadas, tamales, soups and other Colombian food, Colombian hot sauces are made in different ways depending on the place and the person who makes them. In Colombia, most hot sauces are made with tomato, which is the Colombian Hot Sauce recipe I posted, and every now and then it is made without any tomatoes at all, letting the cilantro and green onions give it that rich, green color.
When I was a little girl and had a few pesos in my pocket, one of my favorite things to eat during recess was one salted potato (that's all I could afford) with a spoonful of this green hot sauce. The truth is I had to wait in line for a very long time to buy it while my friends played away during those short 30 minutes we had, but once I had that potato in my hands I knew that the wait was all worth it.