Who Wants to Prepare Perfect Salsa Recipes?

Less than an hour ... that's all the time you need to knock out most salsa recipes.

One hour. That's the time it takes to watch a single episode of Oprah - with commercials. Some of these hot sauce and salsa recipes can be made during commercial breaks so you don't even have to miss any of the good stuff!

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a typical salsa used as a condiment for many mexican foods. Pico de Gallo is not a thick salsa and works best when it's spooned liberally over a main dish.

I also like to use it like a picante sauce dip (see recipe below) for tortilla chips although that's not too common.


1 cup diced tomato
1/2 cup diced onion
1 serrano * chile pepper, stemmed and minced
  (remove seeds and membrane for milder salsa)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (corriander)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

* You can substitute cayenne or jalapeno chile peppers for the serrano, but they must be fresh, not pickled. This salsa recipe needs chile peppers that are firm and crunchy.


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, including salt to taste. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend.

Picante Sauce

Picante is the Spanish word for spicy (hot). Picante sauce is the ketchup of salsas - a great all-around hot sauce that is perferct on eggs, chips, tacos ... almost anything you can eat tastes better with picante sauce.


1/2 onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
6 Roma tomatoes
2 jalapeno chile peppers,stemmed, halved lengthwise and seeded
  (leave seeds in for hotter salsa)
1 clove garlic
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (corriander)

Soak the onion with the lime juice in a small bowl for 15 minutes. This will prevent the onions from overpowering the salsa.

Roast the tomatoes, jalapeno halves and garlic clove in a skillet over high heat, turning as needed, until slightly charred on all sides.

Empty to a blender and chop for about 10 seconds; the mixture should remain chunky. Transfer to a bowl and add the onion, lime juice, and the cilantro. Stir well and salt to taste.

Use immediately or cover and store refrigerated for up to 1 week.

More Salsa Recipes

Alicia's Kitchen - Salsa Recipes
Alicia has collected many recipes over the years. Enjoy ten of her favorite salsa recipes.

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