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Chilean Spice Blend Recipe
Chilean Spice Blend Recipe

The “Aliño Completo” is probably the most representative spice blend in Chile, widely used in the preparation of sofritos that serve as the base for various dishes such as beans, stews, or empanadas.

How to make “Aliño Completo”?

Preparing Chileam Spice Blend “Aliño Completo” is a combination of 5 spices in equal parts, ideally crushed in a mortar or processed in a mini blender.

Nutritional Information

Category: Spices
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 25
Preparation: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people

Traditional Chilean Spice Blend recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of dried cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

  1. Gather all the ingredients in a mortar and carefully crush them until well ground. Integrate them thoroughly with a small spoon.
  2. A second option is to gather all the ingredients in a mini blender and process at medium speed until obtaining a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Store the “Aliño Completo” in a clean glass jar and keep it in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

Origin of Chilean “Aliño Completo”

According to chef Emilio Deik, the recipe for “Aliño Completo” was created in 1940 by the farmer Enrique Helfmann, who owned a store located in Quinta Normal in the city of Santiago. He began preparing this spice blend as a gift for his customers.

Later, due to the positive reception of his so-called “Aliño Completo,” Helfmann started packaging and selling it in small green envelopes with the image of a brunette’s head on the main lid under the brand “Negrita,” as it allegedly “brightened up” meals.

Did you know?

Chilean “Aliño Completo” is considered a kind of indigenous curry, highly appreciated and widely used in Chilean cuisine today. Numerous brands develop similar blends, usually available in packets ranging from 15 to 100 grams, with prices varying between 0,25 to 1 US Dollar.

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