This authentic Turkish Acili Ezme takes just 15 minutes to make - prep included - and is super healthy loaded with veggies and not much else. A delicious spicy sauce, dip and meze that will liven up any dish - my favorite way to have it is with a nice piece of bread, or as a sauce for meat.
Place chopped onion, chopped padrón peppers and chopped red bell pepper in a food processor and cover. Run the food processor for 15 seconds, then stop it, take off the lid and stir with a spoon. Check if the pieces are small enough (they should be tiny), if not, cover and run the food processor for 15 more seconds.
Add the cucumber and run the food processor again for 10 seconds.
Mix, then add the tomatoes, salt, chili flakes and olive oil and run the food processor again for 10 seconds. Take off the lid, taste test, and add more chili flakes if you would like it spicier. Then place on a nice plate and serve!
Ingredient notes & substitutions
Tomatoes should be pretty firm - peel them for best results
Yellow onion can be switched for red onion or shallots
Red bell pepper and padron peppers give the best taste in combination, but they can be used interchangeable, and any color bell pepper works
Chili flakes - I use Aleppo chili flakes that give a very authentic taste and are not super spicy. Please taste test as you go and adjust the amount of chili flakes to suit your taste.
Olive oil gives amazing taste, but can be switched for another type of vegetable oil
Tips & tricks
Peel your tomatoes for the best result, but skip if you're short on time
Always remove the hard core of the tomatoes, it's really worth it
Don't skip the chopping or you risk ending up with soup instead
Follow the order of adding the veggies to the food processor or you risk ending up with soup instead
Only run your food processor for 10 seconds at a time after adding cucumbers and tomatoes! Otherwise you risk ending up with soup instead.
Taste test and add a little spice at a time, especially if you're afraid of making it too spicy.
If it's too watery pour it in a strainer to drain the liquid
Store it for up to a week - keep it in an airtight container in the fridge