A Costa Rican condiment popular amongst the locals, find a bottle in every restaurant.
On my quest to discover new condiments I came across Lizano Sauce from Costa Rica. It sounded intriguing, especially since it can be found on most restaurant tables in that country so of course, I had to make some!
Definitely different, slightly sweet but very savory with the help of pepper and cumin. It can be used while cooking and as a table condiment. It’s popular with eggs, rice, beans, fish, cheese, curries, and as a marinade for meat.
Soaking dried chiles in water helps with the seeding and blending.
Toss in food processor or blender and voila! A surprising Costa Rican treat ready for everyday eating. Keep in fridge up to two weeks or freeze some for future use.
- 2 dried Guajillo chiles
- 1.5 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1/2 carrot chopped
- 2 Tbs white sugar
- 2 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 Tbs white vinegar
- 1 Tbs ground cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbs molasses
- Soak chiles in water for 30 minutes then remove stem and seeds.
- Place all ingredients into food processor or blender and blend well, sauce will be liquid with diced chunks.
- Enjoy with eggs, rice, beans, fish, cheese, curries, and as a marinade for meat.