This Jalapeno Salsa is a delicious, spicy salsa recipe that is great to serve with corn tortilla chips, or as a topping for burgers, grilled chicken, or your favorite Mexican dish. Only a few simple ingredients are all you need to make this easy salsa.
I know all of you have probably had salsa at some point. That tomato, onion, garlic, and jalapeno combination is a classic that we’ve all had at parties, Mexican restaurants, or with our meals at home. But have you ever had jalapeno salsa? If you haven’t you’re missing out. It’s super zesty and spicy, and it packs a punch of flavor in heat in equal amounts.
This recipe comes from our friend, Ruth. She brought over some dried epazote and showed us how to make this delicious salsa. It’s great on everything from tacos, burritos, nachos to burgers, chicken, and even pulled pork! Now we keep a jar in the refrigerator at all times because you put it on everything. It’s so good that it can be paired with almost anything.
This delicious salsa starts with, you guessed it, jalapenos. I combine them with browned garlic, a Mexican herb called azote, vegetable oil, and salt. It’s an incredibly simple recipe that can add so much flavor and excitement to your dishes. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all there is to the recipe. It absolutely could not be easier, but it makes a surprisingly, big change in almost any of your favorite recipes.
Why You’ll Love This Jalapeno Salsa
- It only takes a few simple ingredients to make.
- It’s a delicious salsa that’s perfect with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican dish.
- It’s SO easy to make.
- When browning the garlic, don’t go overboard. You want it just golden. Any darker, and it will be bitter.
- It’s important to blend this salsa until smooth. It’s not meant to be chunky.
- For a milder version, remove the seeds from the jalapenos.
- For deeper flavor, roast the jalapenos before making the salsa.
- If you can’t find epazote, try using cilantro, papalo, summer savory, or fennel
What to Serve with Jalapeno Salsa
This super versatile salsa can be used as a dip or as a topping, which means it can be used on so many things:
- On burgers or hot dogs
- With chicken dishes
- On barbecue sandwiches
- With tortilla chips, pita chips, and vegetables
- On tacos, burritos, nachos, fajitas, and more.
Where did salsa originate?
Salsa can be traced back to ancient Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. They created their own versions of salsa using tomatoes, chilies, and squash seeds. It was “officially discovered” by Conquistadors in the 1500s.
What can I do with lots of jalapenos?
You can make all kinds of dishes with jalapenos. Of course, this creamy jalapeno salsa should be first on your list. However, you can also use them in:
- Jalapeno poppers
- Chicken, beef, and pork recipes
- Tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, and more
- Barbecue sandwiches
- Pasta salads
- Almost any recipe to which you want to add a kick of heat
Do you take seeds out of jalapenos for salsa?
It’s optional. The seeds are the hottest part, so if you love spicy food, leave the seeds in. Remove them for milder salsa.
How long will jalapeno salsa last in the fridge?
This salsa will keep in a tightly closed container for about 10 days.
Can you freeze fresh jalapeno salsa?
Absolutely. Freeze it for up to 3 months in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
How to Store Jalapeno Salsa
Store this salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months in a heavy-duty freezer bag.
Jalapeno Salsa Ingredients
It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this salsa. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.
- Fresh jalapeños
- Cloves garlic
- Vegetable oil
How to Make Jalapeno Salsa
This recipe only takes a few minutes to make. It’s super easy, and you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.
Step 1: Cook the Garlic
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a small pan and brown the garlic slightly over high heat.
Step 2: Blend all Ingredients
Add the garlic, oil, jalapenos, epazote, and salt to a Vitamix, food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips or as a topping for nachos, tacos, burritos, fajitas, burritos, burgers, and more.
Try This Delicious Jalapeno Salsa Recipe Today
This easy creamy jalapeño salsa recipe is packed with flavor and heat in equal measure. It’s a delicious dip, topping, or addition to a variety of your favorite recipes. With two steps and a total of about 10 minutes to make, this is one recipe you have to try. Once you do, I know you’ll find yourself whipping up batches of it again and again.
More Delicious Jalapeno Recipes You’ll Enjoy
Jalapeño Popper Pigs in a Blanket – Two classic favorites in one delicious appetizer recipe, jalapeno poppers and little smokies, that is always a favorite.
Jalapeño Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls – These delicious crescent rolls are filled with a cream cheese mixture, sliced jalapenos and seasoning then baked to flaky perfection.
Jalapeno Cheddar Monkey Bread – This monkey bread is loaded with two types of cheese, diced jalapenos, onions, and seasoned just right, and baked until golden.
And, here are some Crispy Jalapeño Fries, from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, that you will enjoy as well.
- 7-8 fresh jalapeños rinse, stems removed, cut in half
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon dried epazote
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small saucepan, add a tablespoon of oil and heat over high heat.
- Add the cloves of garlic and brown a bit.
- Using a Vitamix or blender, add jalapenos, garlic, vegetable oil, epazote and salt.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve with tortilla chips, top tacos, burritos, nachos
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