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Charif Recipe


Charif is the Hebrew word for sharp−and boy, does this recipe have a kick! It's not for the faint of heart. But that's the beauty of preparing a dish like this from scratch. You can make it mild or burning hot.

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  • 8Servings


  • 1 (20-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 4 jalapeños hot pepper rings (from jar)
  • Quartered pita breads (optional)


  1. Combine tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, cayenne and jalapeño peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Serve as a dip with warm pita bread, if desired.