Harissa, a spicy, subtly sweet chili sauce originally from North Africa, gives heat and body to soups, stews, beans, tacos, and more. Typically it’s made from a mixture of chilies, other spices (like coriander and caraway), garlic, and olive or vegetable oil. Sold in jars, cans, or tubes, it can be found in specialty grocery stores or the international aisle of the supermarket.
These days, the tasty condiment is popping up everywhere: Stir it into plain yogurt to create a spicy dip for vegetables, combine with mayonnaise to make a spicy topper for burgers (shown at left), or use it as a marinade for chicken, fish, and steak.
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