Recipes and Cooking Salsa Picante 4.4 (13) 4 Reviews Whether you serve this flavorful topping on tacos or with chips, it will become your new favorite homemade salsa recipe. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process and Sheryl Geerts Sheryl Geerts Website Sheryl Geerts is an editor and author who has nearly three decades of writing and editing experience. She enjoys writing about garden, food, and home topics. Her bylines have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Allrecipes, Martha Stewart Living, and several other publications. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on May 23, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kritsada Panichgul Prep Time: 25 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Chill Time: 1 hrs Total Time: 1 hrs 55 mins Yield: 2 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Top your favorite meat dishes with this salsa picante or serve it as an appetizer with veggies, tortilla chips, or pita bread. You’ll love how the fresh vegetables, chiles, and herbs combine for a remarkably flavorful topping or dip. Picante means "spicy" in Spanish, and this picante salsa recipe remains true to its name by delivering the heat. Use a couple of jalapeños to add flavorful heat or choose serrano peppers if you like your salsa super hot. All the salsa ingredients are chopped small to make it even easier to scoop up a big bite with your chips. This salsa picante recipe makes a fresh sauce that will stay fresh for up to one week in the refrigerator, so it does not include canning preservation techniques. If you want to have homemade chip dip all year long, check out this guide to canning homemade salsa. If you’re looking for more chile-spiced mixtures that add pizzazz to a range of dishes, try out more styles of salsa including pico de gallo, salsa verde, salsa roja, and more. Fresh Salsa Recipes to Shake Up Taco Night Ingredients 4 medium tomatoes (about 1-1/4 pounds total), seeded and cut up 1 medium onion, cut up ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro or parsley 1 - 2 fresh jalapeño or serrano chile peppers, seeded and halved 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup finely chopped green sweet pepper (1 small) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed 1 bay leaf ½ teaspoon sugar ¼ teaspoon salt Directions Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until coarsely chopped. Test Kitchen Tip: To seed the tomatoes, core and halve them first. Hold each half over a bowl and use the tip of a spoon to scoop away the seeds. If fresh tomatoes aren't available, use canned diced tomatoes. Add onion, cilantro, chile peppers, and garlic. Cover and blend or process until finely chopped. Test Kitchen Tip: Always wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with chile peppers. If the cut chiles touch your skin, the oil (depending on the potency of the chile pepper) create a painful tingle that lasts for hours and can't be washed off. If you do accidentally touch the chiles, wash hands well with soapy water; avoid touching your eyes until the tingle subsides. Transfer tomato mixture to a medium saucepan. Stir in sweet pepper, lemon juice, oregano, bay leaf, sugar, and salt. Test Kitchen Tip: Adding a bit of sugar helps balance any harshness from the tomatoes and peppers. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until salsa reaches desired consistency. Test Kitchen Tip: Cooking the salsa will meld the flavors and temper the heat of the peppers. Discard bay leaf. Cool salsa slightly. Cover and chill for 1 hour to 1 week before serving. Serve as a dip for chips, as a barbecue sauce or marinade, or as a condiment for main dishes. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 6 Calories 1g Carbs Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 6 % Daily Value * Sodium 18mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 1g 0% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.