"Dante's Inferno" Salsa

lorilyn harper Recipe

By lorilyn harper LHarper

15 Min
30 Min

After 10 years in Dallas, I was spoiled by the abundance and the variety of flavorful, smoking-hot salsa available in authentic Mexican restaurants. Atlanta offers a smorgasbord of decadent southern fare – but it’s hard to find the fresh salsa I love. Once the sizzle of jalapenos is in the bloodstream, it becomes kryptonite!!! Most of the supermarket varieties (and I’ve run the gamut here) are a little too sweet, & some are gooey, from the preservatives. Understandably, the local bodegas and Tex-Mex spots target the milder palate. But some LOVE it hot – and for those who do, I’ve developed this homemade, oven-roasted concoction. Lime, smoke, garlic, cilantro and sugar help to “balance” the peppers and bring out the other intense flavors. There are several levels of heat in this blend. Most of the heat comes from the chipotles – so it’s best to start with half a can and “build” the heat to your own personal liking. These proportions yield about 7 cups of salsa…a full blender. It stores well in the refrigerator for over a week…but usually doesn’t last that long around here!!!

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jalapenos, cored
large tomatoes, cored
poblano peppers, cored
cloves of fresh garlic
1/2 c
sweet onion
1/2-3/4 c
lime juice
1 bunch
cilantro, fresh
2 Tbsp
liquid smoke
2 Tbsp
2-3 tsp
sea salt
1 can(s)
small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

Roast the first 5 ingredients in a large shallow pan at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Then combine all ingredients in blender and pulse on high for about 5 minutes. This is great warm or cold, and stores in the fridge for up to a week.
(If you’re pressed for time, substitute 2 cans of tomatoes with green chiles for the fresh tomatoes…but this does compromise the flavor a bit.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers, Salsas, Chips
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #hot, #spicy

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Jun 22, 2011 - lorilyn harper shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Sep 12, 2011 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion group: Some Like It Hot -- Muy Caliente!
Kathy M Noia
May 24, 2015
We made this today. It's super easy and has a really unique taste. To us it tastes much more like a BBQ sauce then a salsa. (Which isn't at all a bad thing, it's just different.)

We'll definitely make it again but use 1 TBS less sugar and 1 TBS less of the Liquid Smoke. It's just a tad too sweet and the liquid smoke is a bit overpowering for us as is. That being said, it's an great recipe! Thanks for sharing!