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This multipurpose seasoning base forms the foundation of numerous dishes in Puerto Rico.

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  • 8 oz. ham, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh oregano
  • 15 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 cubanelle or banana peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 3/4 cup canola oil


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Step 1

Finely chop all ingredients in a food processor. Heat in a 12″ skillet over medium-low heat; cook until very soft, about 20 minutes. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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