We all love Salsa. From the traditional to the gourmet. From the mild to the hot. We all have our preferences. When I told my wife I was making a Spicy Peanut Garlic Salsa, she thought I was crazy. Peanuts in a salsa? Water and no olive oil?
What the heck? Well, guess what? She absolutely loved it. Even my mom who doesn't like spicy food loved it. I'm not totally surprised though.
I mean look at the ingredients on the recipe card below. How can you go wrong making this Spicy Peanut Garlic Salsa?
🍅 How long does Salsa last
While several factors come into play, homemade salsa will last 4 to 6 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze salsa in an airtight container or bag for up to 4 months.
The important thing to remember with this recipe is to use unsalted peanuts. If you use salted peanuts the salsa may turn out a little too salty.
Just like all recipes that use hot peppers, you can adjust the heat by using fewer peppers and not include any of the seeds in the peppers.
Now the most common way of serving salsa is with a side of tortilla chips. But this salsa is so good you can pour it over eggs, or fajitas or use it as a dip for tortillas, or tacos and as a topping for quesadillas or enchiladas.
🥜 Nut Allergy Warning
🌶 How to Handle Hot Peppers
The capsaicin in hot peppers is what makes peppers hot. If you handle hot peppers gloveless, it’s a guarantee that you’re in for a nasty case of chili burn, both on your fingers and anywhere you rub. Like your face. Ouch!
Even if you wear disposable gloves, be careful about what you touch. The gloves are going to protect your fingers, but touching any part of your body with the gloves after you’ve handled hot peppers can lead to severe chili burn.
Resist the temptation to rub your eyes. Wait until you’ve removed your gloves and washed your hands thoroughly with soap.
🌡️ How Hot Are the Peppers
The Scoville Scale is the measurement that tells you the spiciness of a given type of pepper.
|Pepper Type||Scoville Rating (Heat)|
|Tabasco & Cayenne||30,000-50,000|
💭 Ingredient Substitution
If you are concerned with how hot the serrano peppers might be in this salsa you can substitute them for a couple of Jalapeño Peppers.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this spicy peanut garlic salsa recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Garlic Cloves, Serrano Peppers, Peanuts, Fresh Cilantro, Water, Lime Juice and Salt.
🥣 How to make Spicy Peanut Garlic Salsa
In a food processor, mince the garlic, Serrano peppers, and peanuts. Add the cilantro and process until coarsely chopped.
Transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir in the water, lime juice, and salt.
Spicy Peanut Garlic Salsa
- Bowl for Mixing
- 8 Garlic Cloves, peeled
- 2 Serrano Peppers, stemmed & seeded
- 1 ⅓ Cups Peanuts, unsalted
- ¾ Cups Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- ¼ Cup Water
- ¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice
- ¼ teaspoon Salt, to taste
- In a food processor, mince the garlic, Serrano peppers, and peanuts. Add the cilantro and process until coarsely chopped.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl. Stir in the water, lime juice, and salt.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.