Homemade Serrano Salsa

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by abelman, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I started playing around with making some salsa this past weekend and glad I did.

    Since I'm growing a bunch of Serrano's this summer, decided that I would do something with them instead of dehydrating.

    I used:

    A dozen Serrano's
    5 whole garlic cloves
    half of a yellow onion
    A can of diced tomatoes and the juice
    Kosher Salt
    Brown Sugar
    Apple Cider Vinegar

    I blended the whole thing up in a food processor. Very simple and fast. This hits you as a little sweet at first and then the heat kicks in. We used it with chips and dip, on top of crackers along with dip and sliced hard boiled eggs, and with a potato/hash brown concoction. It's Very good.
  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pete, that looks excellent! Bet it tastes great too.[​IMG]
  3. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Jeanie, I must say I surprised myself on this one. Every once in awhile, you get lucky [​IMG] .

    Even the Mrs likes it so this one is a keeper. I'll be vacuum sealing some peppers for the winter to be sure.
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Pete, with your talent, I'm sure luck had nothing to do with it. [​IMG]

    Also, thank you for sharing your recipe, I'm definately going to give it try. :)
  5. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    hmmm, brown sugar. but then you did say you liked sweet / hot. sounds good.never have done much with the serranos except garnish and eat them. will give it a shot ableman.
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    thankx abel..........i also am growing serrano's..........dehydrated abunch, froze abunch.........used em in my fresh crushed red peppers flakes.........how much heat in the salsa?
  7. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I leave the seeds and all in the mix, less the steams obviously. This is one of those mixes where as long as you keep eating it, it's not too bad. Once you decide to slow down, the heat creeps up. It's perfect for me.

    I would say it's certainly more heat than a good Jalapeno (2,500 - 5,000) but less than a Thai Dragon (50,000 - 100,000). Don't know if that helps but that's what I grow. Serranos are rated at 15,000 - 30,000 as you know. These were at the higher end as I would say but this is the first year I've grown them.

    First I tried it without the brown sugar and it was just bland enough at first taste that I wanted to add something. I realy like a somewhat sweet salsa with a good amount of heat to boot. So...that's what I tried, the brown sugar and cider vinegar.

    The heat is enough for me to get the good sweats on the temples when I'd doing the chips and salsa dip. With that, a cold one and a good football game, I'm in heaven.
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    abel............it looks like you used GREEN serrano's?

    i don't pick hot peppers till they are red.........
  9. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    sounds and looks excellent! Got me drooling anyway. Now, where'd I put my tortilla chips? [​IMG]
  10. abelman

    abelman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    My growing season is pretty short. I've been growing peppers long enough and taste testing them. As long as they are left on long enough, I don't find any difference in taste between a mature green pepper and a red pepper. Same thing with my Thai Dragons and Jalapenos. This is the first year for Serrano but I've never seen red ones in the grocery store. They have great heat so I don't worry about the color.

    For me, it's better for me to pick a green, mature pepper and then let the plant start a new round of peppers/blooms. I get a much bigger yield that way than only going only red. Of course, my altitude is 5,200 ft and my growing season is mid May through mid to lat October.

    So, I take what Mother Nature gives me.
  11. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    gots lots of serrones tried stuffen em but they are kinda small for that will try this this on for size thanks

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