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28 June 2017

This robust salsa recipe is made with lightly toasted sunflower seeds, seared red bell peppers, fiery serrano peppers and smoky chipotles to make a thick, rich, spicy salsa that is sure to satisfy. Bust out the chips!

I have something new for you all to try today, something you may have never considered before, but once you’ve tried it, I think you’ll find yourself enlightened. I’m talking about using sunflower seeds as a base for your next batch of salsa.

What? Oh yeah!

Truly, sunflower seeds are rich and help to form a thick,bold texture that clings to every chip you dip into it.

Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe

It’s not that unusual, really, considering that Mexican cuisine incorporates pumpkin seeds into some of its dishes. In many ways, this is similar to a traditional Sikil Pak, which is a Mayan dip made with vegetables and toasted pumpkin seeds. See this version on the site: Chipotle Pumpkin Seed Dip (Chipotle Sikil Pak) Recipe.

Of course sunflower seeds alone do not a salsa make, so we’re also incorporating pan seared peppers, red bell and serrano peppers to be exact. The red bell pepper brings not only flavor, but color and body to the salsa, while the serrano brings a touch of spicy heat we’re looking for.

If you’d like a hotter version, feel free to incorporate habanero peppers, which would be quite welcomed here, or even any of the superhots. I know you want those!

Spice it up!

Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe

Round out the salsa with a bit of garlic, chopped tomato, lemon juice, seasoninigs and plenty of cilantro for a phenomenal flavor.

Let us NOT forget the chipotle!

Chipotles add a touch of welcomed smokiness, and the adobo sauce is rich and just a bit tart, which also adds a nice red hue to the final salsa. Season liberally with salt and pepper to your own tastes and serve it up with tortilla chips.

Look at how this stuff coats a chip. So thick and rich. Every bite is creamy and robust and definitely satisfying.

Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe

This stuff is perfect for your next party or gathering, and it travels well, so whip up a batch for your next event.

Enjoy!

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

 

5 from 2 votes
Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe
Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
This robust salsa recipe is made with lightly toasted sunflower seeds, seared red bell peppers, fiery serrano peppers and smoky chipotles to make a thick, rich, spicy salsa that is sure to satisfy. Bust out the chips!
Course: Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: dip, spicy, sunflower seeds
Servings: 10
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 4-5 ounces lightly toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small Roma tomato chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 ounces chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and add the sunflower seeds. Dry toast them in the pan a couple minutes. Remove, cool, and add to a food processor.
  2. Heat the oil in the same pan and add the peppers. Give them a quick sear and cook about 4-5 minutes to soften them.
  3. Add the tomato and cook down 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can smell that gorgeous garlic. Cool the mixture and add it all to the food processor.
  5. Add the chipotle, cilantro, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Process until smooth. The salsa will be thick, like a spread or a paste. You can thin it out if you’d like with more lemon juice, more chipotle, or a bit of water or stock. I like it thick.
  6. Adjust for salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 1.5 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 9.7mg12%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Spicy Chipotle Sunflower Seed Salsa - Recipe

 

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