Do you love the fresh, zesty, delicious picante sauce you get in authentic Mexican restaurants? Me too! Here’s how to make it at home, super quick and easy. Most Mexican recipes are pretty easy, but this one takes the burrito.
Here’s what goes in: tomatoes, onion, pepper, garlic, spices, lime juice, a few dashes of tabasco and cilantro. Lots of cilantro! The cilantro gives it that super fresh, super authentic taste. I use poblano pepper in mine because it’s a little mellower than jalapeno, but if you love that jalapeno kick just swap them.
Just pitch everything into a food processor, blend and enjoy. I doubt it’ll even take 10 whole minutes, including clean up. So awesome.
It feels so luxurious to enjoy this picante at home. Having as much as I want instead of rationing out a few tablespoons from a little plastic tub rocks! Pour it right on, ’cause don’t worry about it. There’s more where that came from, and you don’t have to ask.
Store bought picante sauce is nothing like the real stuff – what are they even doing calling it picante? It’s also full of preservatives and sodium – double boo. Homemade picante, on the other hand, is radically delicious and super healthy. Lots of Mexican recipes are! It’s loaded with fiber and nutrients, especially vitamin C, and I use no salt added tomatoes to keep the sodium down.
Imagine how good this picante would be in a big skillet of chilaquiles! Or actually, don’t imagine. Click here and get the recipe. Spoiler alert – it’s amazing!!
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5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 2 14.5 oz. cans no salt added tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 1 c loosely packed cilantro leaves (some stems are fine too)
- 1/2 - 1 poblano pepper, seeded and roughly chopped (1/2 a pepper makes a fairly mild picante)
- Juice from 3 limes (roughly 6 Tbs)
- 2 Tbs chili powder
- 1 clove garlic, quartered
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste
- a few drops tabasco sauce, to taste (optional)
- Combine everything in a food processor and puree as smooth as possible.
adapted from Taste of Home's Quick Picante Sauce
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