Spicy Gazpacho

This uncooked chilled soup is a native of Andalusia in southern Spain. It's perhaps the freshest way to use up your end-of-season garden gems, as it calls for tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

Spicy Gazpacho in a bowl with peppers
Prep Time:
20 mins
Chill Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
8 cups


  • 3 large tomatoes (2 lb.)

  • 1 large cucumber (1 lb.)

  • 1 large or 2 to 3 small sweet peppers (8 oz.), such as red Hungarian or Cubanelle

  • 2 cup water*

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

  • 1 - 2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 fresh serrano or jalapeño chile peppers, seeded and thinly sliced**

  • Watercress (optional)


  1. Quarter and seed tomatoes. Halve cucumber and sweet peppers lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Chop coarsely.

  2. Working in batches, in a food processor or blender process tomatoes, cucumber, sweet peppers, the water, and onion. Remove each batch of puree to a large bowl, reserving 2 cups to process the next batch.

  3. Whisk in oil, vinegar, and salt. Cover and chill 1 hour. Top servings with serrano peppers and, if desired, watercress.


For a deeper color and flavor, substitute canned tomato puree for 1 cup of the water.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Cubanelle & Red Hungarian Peppers

Either of these large peppers can be used. the Cubanelle pepper is mild but extra flavorful, while the Hungarian pepper is on the spicier side. Mix and match them for richer flavor. In a pinch, you can swap in red bell peppers, but the flavor will be sweet instead of spicy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 599mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 63.4mg 317%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 837mg 18%
Folate, total 53.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*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.

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