Spicy Red Chile Sauce

Jalapeños are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapeños have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

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1 pound fresh red jalapeño chiles (or any spicy red chile)
2 cups water
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

In a medium skillet, combine the red jalapeño chiles with the water and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over moderately low heat until the chiles are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the rice vinegar and sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture cool, then transfer to a blender. Puree the chiles with their liquid. Pour the red chile sauce into jars, cover and refrigerate.

Makes 3 cups.

Recipe by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo, via foodandwine.com