Smoky red pepper crema is one of the most useful kitchen condiments out there. Not only is it very useful and versatile, it’s also quick and easy to make. Smoky red pepper crema can be added to your mashed potatoes, pastas, sandwiches and tacos.
What exactly is smoky red pepper crema?
Smoky red pepper crema is a sauce made with onions, tomatoes and olive oil, it also originates from Mexico. It’s often served on tacos but can also be used as dipping sauce for a wide variety of meals.
The ingredients are blended together thoroughly and then heated to remove the excess water. It’s also very spicy so you might want to take that into consideration before you use.
Apart from the ones mentioned earlier, other ingredients that could be found in smoky red pepper crema include:
- A teaspoon of garlic powder, divided
- Half cup of sour cream
- A cup of roasted red peppers, chopped
- Two teaspoons of smoked paprika, divided
How do you make smoky red pepper crema
Put a medium sized pan on top of a stove and regulate to medium heat (after you’ve added the oil, obviously).
Once it’s hot enough, add the garlic into the oil and let it cook for a minute.
Add the pepper into the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes until it’s soft.
Remove excess liquid and pour everything else into a food processor. Also, add all the other ingredients mentioned above into the food processor except the sour cream.
Pulse the whole thing until its completely mixed. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, you can add more broth or milk to lighten it up a bit.
Serve it up and then add your sour cream. Enjoy as a great topping for nachos, tacos, and other Mexican foods. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for crackers and chips.
Things to take note of
When you’re blending your ingredients, do not just dump them into the blender all at once, it won’t give you the type or consistency you’d most likely enjoy. It’s best to add them up gradually, one by one and mix well before you add the other ingredients
For Pete’s sake, don’t go cheap on the ingredients. Don’t use cheap and low quality peppers, as well as just about any old bell pepper. Go for the good ones, go for jalapeños or serranos, those are the real spicy peppers.
How do I store smoky red pepper crema?
Keep the sauce in a clean and air tight container to prevent it from getting contaminated and dry.
Store in a cool and dark place.
If you stored it in the freezer, thaw it in the fridge whenever you want to use it.
For the best quality, try not to let it exceed 5 days in the fridge.
Frequently clean the containers and bowls used to store the sauce.
If you have unused sauce after a whole 5 days, don’t use it again.
Try not to freeze the same batch of sauce again after use.
Don’t store the sauce in a wet or damp environment.
What can you serve with this sauce
You can serve it with steak. All you need to do is spread it all over or use it as a dipping sauce.
The sauce can be served with chicken breast and the above method also applies to it.
Smoky red pepper crema can be eaten with pizza. It makes really good topping.
Others include, but not limited to
Is smoky red pepper crema healthy?
Yes, it has a lot of health benefits which include: reducing inflammation, boosting immune system and aiding digestion.