'aji panca' on Serious Eats

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Aji Panca Vinaigrette

Aji panca's light fruitiness pairs well with assertive, aromatic grapefruit and buttery avocado—it plays off their best attributes and brings them closer together. Though this a decidedly winter salad, it feels summery, and it'd be the perfect accompaniment for a winter grill fest-turned-taco night. Or dice the fruit fine and pile it on toast for breakfast. Yes, you'll need to segment your grapefruit for this, but once you get a little practice it's easy and kind of fun. If you buy an extra couple practice grapefruit you'll be a pro by serving time. More

Spice Hunting: Aji Panca

Aji panca is hot but not fiery. It's got just a touch of smoke, and it's sweet—so much so that, on my palette at least, it tastes like blueberries. For cooks who like to experiment with their chiles, it's a great addition to the pantry. More

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