Salsa Lizano (copycat)

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Recipe: #26669

July 27, 2017

"You cannot go to Costa Rica and not come home with a hankering for this uniquely Costa Rican condiment. Lizano is added to, or poured on just about everything in Costa Rica. It has fast become a part of the culture and many say that once you have tried it, you just can’t seem to get enough of it. It bothers me greatly that a $2 bottle of the stuff sells here in the States for $10 on Amazon- so here is a copycat take on Lizano."

Original is 24 servings
  • Note: place tamarind paste in a heatproof cup with 1/2 cup water. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir and break up pieces with a spoon. Let sit for five minutes to soften. Remove the flesh to make up the 2 tablespoons needed, but don't discard the liquid. Make sure there are no seeds


  • Serving Size: 1 (26 g)
  • Calories 27.2
  • Total Fat - 1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 198.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 2.1 g
  • Protein - 0.6 g
  • Calcium - 11.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Remove the stems of the chiles and then slice the chiles in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and fibrous connective material attaching the seeds to the chiles. Pre-heat a 6-8-inch cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat. Lay the chile pieces in the pan and toast, turning after about 2 minutes. Add the water and lower the heat to bring the water to a simmer. Simmer for about five minutes. Remove the chile pieces from the pan and place in blender. Measure out 1 cup of the chile-infused water and add this to the blender with the chiles.

Step 2

Add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning.


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