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New Mexican Red Pepper Paste


This paste is ideal for beef brisket, chicken breasts, and spare ribs. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of the paste to any of the basic marinades or to your favorite barbecue sauce to liven up the flavor.



  1. Soak the ancho and New Mexican chile in hot water to cover for about 1 hour. Remove the chilies from the water and reserve 2 cups of soaking water.
  2. Combine the chiles, reserved soaking water (as needed), chipotle, onion, garlic, cumin, oregano and salt in a food processor and puree until all the ingredients are blended into a smooth thick paste. Use the soaking liquid as needed to moisten the mixture in a paste form. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks.

Yield: 2 to 3 cups

Recommendations: Marinate chicken breasts (4 to 6 hours); wings (6 to 8 hours); beef brisket (8 hours to overnight); spare ribs (8 hours to overnight).


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