¡fiesta! [fresh serrano salsa]

May 4th, 2012 by | comments

Since Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, what better way to celebrate than to indulge in mass amounts of Mexican fare? I’ve had a bag full of Serrano peppers sitting in my fridge (don’t ask me why) and needed to put them to use. These particular peppers were pretty spicy, so unfortunately, I was only able to get rid of one. Eat the salsa plain with tortilla chips, or throw it in a taco or burrito.

For those with a low spice tolerance, just have a few extra margaritas close by. If you’re looking for more tequila drink ideas, check out Donna’s roundup at The Slow Roasted Italian. While we’re on the subject of tequila, you may as well make these margarita cupcakes. ;)


2 large tomatoes, quartered

7 Roma tomatoes (2 quartered, 5 finely diced)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 red onion, diced

1 Serrano, diced

1/4 cup cilantro, plus more to taste

Juice of 2 limes

Salt and pepper, to taste


In a blender or large food processor, add the 2 large tomatoes, 2 Roma tomatoes, garlic, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. Blend until somewhat smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer salsa to a large bowl and stir in diced Roma tomatoes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

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  • theslowroasteditalian

    This salsa looks amazing! I am growing serranos in my garden and am very excited to try this during the summer. Thanks for the link up! Have a fabulous Cinco de Mayo!

  • B E A U T I F U L L Y

    Delish!!! Xxxx

  • Wow, Caroline! I fear that might b a tad too spicy for me but I’ll never know until I try it. Right now, I see a problem getting food tomatoes. We’ve still got a little way to go before flavorful tomatoes are available. That’s OK. I’m patient. :)

  • I love salsa. That is a major reason why I like going to Mexican restaurants; trying all the different salsas! This looks wonderful, spicy, chunky and full of flavor!

  • What a gorgeous salsa, we like it hot and as soon as we start harvesting our tomatoes I WILL BE BACK! Hope you are having a stunning day.. c

  • egg me on

    Ole! Awesome salsa, Caroline! How lucky to have a big bag of serrano peppers at hand. It’s hard to find a lot of peppers up here in New England, especially in big quantities. So, I’m a little jealous. I guess I’ll drown my sorrows with a margarita or two. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  • Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Just in time for the lovely festival! I love your recipes Caroline! Very straightforward and simple to follow! Yummy yummy salsa!!

  • Spicy salsa never looked more stunning – I simply adore this recipe and have bookmarked it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • I love fresh salsa. This looks awesome. And trust me I’ve already checked out Donna’s roundup I’m half way through it…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Mm salsa! It´s that time of year for moving towards lighter fresher food and this is perfect with so many things!

  • CarolineByou could try roasting the chilis to mellow out the heat.
    Non-the-less that salsa looks delicious! Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too!

  • Gorgeous – and I love me a spicy salsa! Hope you are enjoying all your favorites this weekend. :)

  • Amy

    Yummy, yummy! I could eat entire bowls of fresh salsa and this one sounds awesome :) Happy Cinqo de Mayo!

  • I’m totally into serranos right now! This looks delicious. I hope you have a fun Cinco de Mayo!!! :)

  • Love the juiciness!

  • Hi Caroline, we don’t celebrate 5th of May, but I guess one never needs an excuse to enjoy a good salsa, right? :D Looks delish!

  • This looks great. I think I’ll grow some serrano’s in my garden this year! Hope you had a great Cinco de Mayo!

  • Great “Prelude to Summer” post, Caroline!