Salsa Picante

Great for football night or guys night! This salsa is MUY Picante and will blow your socks off! 

Salsa Picante Piece of Home

My husband loves spicy things! He likes it a lot more spicy then I do. Whew! I can’t handle the heat!

The mix of peppers in this salsa is his favorite! We even grew some in our garden for a while so we could always have this on hand.

Go ahead, make this and impress your man!

Tomatoes Boiling Salsa Picante

Place tomatoes and tomatillos in a pot of boiling water and heat until skins begin to peel off and tomatoes are tender.

Note: I do not have access to tomatillos here in Costa Rica but they are really yummy in this salsa so I recommend using them!

Blending Onions Salsa Picante

Start by blending the onion, cilantro, boiled tomatoes, tomatillos, lemon juice, and salt.

Chile De Arbol Salsa Picante

In a small saucepan, toast a few Chile de Arbol peppers. They are a dry pepper that is filled with seeds. The more you use, the more spice so get brave!

These guys pack a punch!

Be careful when toasting because the odor they let off is so strong it will literally send you in a coughing fit and make you feel like your throat is closing up. I speak from experience.

Note: At this point you can toast the Serrano Peppers as well. I also don’t have access to these peppers but they are a favorite in our household so make sure to add them in!

Chile De Arbol Seeds Salsa Picante

Once the chiles are toasted, cut the ends off and dump out all the seeds. You will only use the skins.

Chopped Tomatoes Salsa Picante

For the salsa, cut a few more small tomatoes and a medium onion into small chunks. This is to help add the “chunky” to the salsa.

Salsa Picante and Chips

Add the peppers to the blended ingredients and blend until everything is well distributed. Add it to the chunky tomatoes and onion and stir. Chill and serve cold with chips.

*Make sure to test the spicy level. If it’s too spicy add another tomato or two to try and tone it down.

Salsa Picante

Salsa Picante


3 large tomatoes
2-3 small tomatoes
4-5 tomatillos
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 medium onion, diced
3-6 Chile de Arbol Peppers, seeds removed (depending on spicy level)
2-3 Serrano Peppers, seeds removed
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt


1. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add tomatoes and tomatillos and boil until tender. Remove skins.

2. Place boiled tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onion, lemon juice and salt to the blender and blend.

3. Place peppers in a small saucepan and heat until toasted on both sides. Remove from pan, cut open and remove the seeds.

4. Add the roasted peppers to the blender and mix until well blended.

5. Cut 2-3 small tomatoes and one medium onion into chunks to add to the liquid salsa.

6. Mix together and chill. Serve cold with warm tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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