Aji (Colombian Salsa)
Substitute 1 teaspoon garlic paste for the garlic cloves if preferred.
Please note that this salsa can turn out great with more or with no jalapeno; it just depends on your preference. However, because the spiciness of jalapenos is very unpredictable, I highly recommend leaving it out, transferring the salsa to a bowl, and then adding the finely chopped jalapeno gradually. I even throw mine in a small Magic Bullet(R)-style blender with a little olive oil and turn it into a paste so I can add it very carefully. This also allows you to separate the salsa into mild and spicy batches.