03/13/2014 07:00 am ET

Harissa Recipes For When You Need A New Kind Of Heat

Harissa is a North African blend of hot peppers, spices and oil. It's known for coming from Tunisia, however the hot sauce is popular in Libya, Algeria and Morocco, too. It can be used as a condiment but also as a base for curries and stews.

There are various spice combinations you can use to make harissa, but the basic components are typically dried chiles, caraway seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. Pre-made harissa is also widely available. It's great for spicing up eggs, couscous, meat or potatoes, and makes a great dip for pita and bread.

Here are 13 times harissa livened up a recipe for the better.

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