Have you ever seen a recipe that called for “harissa paste,” but weren’t sure what it was? I’ve been there.
In my earlier days of cooking I used to either skip it altogether, or substitute with whatever hot sauce I had on hand.
Fast forward to now, and I use harissa paste — a North African spicy red sauce — all the time. It consists of simple ingredients like red chilies, garlic, vinegar, and spices, and is perfect for adding smokiness and heat to dishes like hummus, lentil chili, pasta sauce, and more.