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20 Minute Spicy Salsa – Quick and Easy Recipe

Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.

Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.

QUICK AND EASY 20 MINUTE SPICY SALSA

Put a bowl of chips and salsa in front of me and you’ll see a woman with no sense of control. (I’m kidding — sort of!). There are few better simple pleasures at the dinner table than a delicious batch of fresh salsa and chips, though. Based on the memes and similar sentiments I’ve seen shared on social media, I know I am not alone in this!

If you’re looking for more of a standard salsa, then you’ll want to check out my homemade salsa recipe. It’s not quite as spicy and may be more acceptable for the entire family. This healthy and delicious salsa recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so you can double recipe to enjoy with your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes or as a snack with your favorite tortilla chips.

MEXICAN-THEMED MEALS AND DISHES TO TRY:

QUICK GLANCE AT INGREDIENTS TO MAKE SPICY SALSA:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Jalapeno
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Mexican oregano (I use this kind — it’s important to specifically use Mexican oregano!)
  • Smoked paprika
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Water
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro
Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.

HOW TO MAKE SPICY SALSA:

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once slightly cool, puree mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended.

Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Does this have to be made spicy?

This particular recipe was made to the be spicy. If you prefer a more mild/medium salsa, please check out my homemade fresh salsa recipe instead.

Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.
Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.

Spicy Salsa

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Blend up a batch of 20 Minute Spicy Salsa to keep on hand for when you want a snack with a little kick! This is perfect for dipping chips or even adding to the top of your favorite Mexican dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 medium jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2½ Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion and peppers become soft, around 4-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes, Mexican oregano, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and water. Stir to combine and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 4-5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Once slightly cool, puree mixture with an immersion blender, leaving slightly chunky, or transfer to a regular blender or food processor and pulse a couple of times until just blended.

Transfer salsa to a bowl and stir in fresh lime juice and cilantro. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 65Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 10/9/2021

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