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Fried Serrano Pepper Salsa

Fried Serrano Pepper Salsa, If you like hot salsas, you will love this one… well, if you are lucky to find good Serrano peppers, because I don’t know what is going on with the pepper growers in this country, but every year I have to hunt for good quality peppers.
Course Salsas
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 18kcal
Author Mely Martínez - Mexico in my Kitchen


  • 1 cup Serrano peppers chopped (3 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup white onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of water
  • Salt to taste


  • Place chopped peppers and ½ cup of water in your blender. Process for a few seconds until you get a semi-coarse texture. If you over blend it and comes out with a fine texture, it’s fine. No problem with that.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add the chopped onion, fry for about one minute, just enough time for it to get transparent.
  • Now, pour the Serrano peppers mixture. Once it starts boiling, reduces heat and covers the frying pan. If the liquid reduces while cooking adds a few tablespoons of water. It will take about 8 minutes to cook. You will know the salsa is ready when the peppers have changed from a bright green color into a light pale green color, and the oil will float on the surface. Season with salt and enjoy.


  • This recipe makes 1 cup of salsa
  • You can use the same process to make a salsa using other peppers like jalapeños or bird peppers.


Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 18kcal | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 24mg | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg