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Quick Picante Sauce

Hot pepper sauce and a jalapeno pepper give this snappy sauce just the right amount of zip. It makes a great dip for tortilla chips or a tangy sauce for tacos and fajitas. This is always a big hit at parties and office gatherings. I even make it for my mother when she needs to bring a dip to a party. —Barbara Sellers, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and halved
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • Tortilla chips

Directions

  • In a blender, combine the first 10 ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 32 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 415mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • MarineMom_texas
    Apr 18, 2019

    I made this sauce today and followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious but I think next time I will use a little less chili powder. But that is just me. It has a wonderful flavor. The cilantro flavor is predominant but I love cilantro. I used half a large (about 3-inch long) fresh jalapeno, halved and deseeded and deribbed. It did not make the sauce hot at all. For more heat, leave in some of the seeds. I thought it was a delicious picante sauce and will be making it again. Volunteer Field Editor

  • lilmccrea
    Dec 15, 2013

    excellent picante!