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26 July 2019

This salsa ranchera recipe makes the best salsa, with fresh tomatoes, jalapeno peppers (or serranos), onion, garlic, cilantro, salt and more. When it comes to salsa, it’s hard to beat.

If you are a fan of great tasting salsa, this is the salsa you need to make at home. It’s a simple recipe, but it’s perfect Mexican food, which often takes simple ingredients and turns into flavors you can’t get enough of.

We’re talking Salsa Ranchera, and the recipe needs to go into your favorites list. Print it out below and stuff it into that recipe box you’ve got saved.

Salsa Ranchera Recipe

What is Salsa Ranchera?

Salsa Ranchera is a Mexican salsa made from roasted tomatoes, jalapenos or serrano peppers, onion and garlic, along with other seasonings. The ingredients are processed to make a somewhat smooth salsa that be enjoyed with tortilla chips or as an accompaniment to other Mexican dishes, like Huevos Rancheros, tacos, tamales, enchiladas and more.

It’s one of my favorite party salsas. Every time I bring it, it disappears in no time. Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Salsa Ranchera in a bowl with a chip

 

Salsa Ranchera Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make Salsa Ranchera:

  • 1 pound tomatoes
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers (or use serrano peppers for a hotter version)
  • ½ large white or yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • Salt to taste

Optional Additional Ingredients: Juice from 1 small line, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon cumin, cracked black pepper.

These ingredients can help enhance the flavor and will help you make it to your own personal preference.

Salsa Ranchera in a bowl

How to Make Salsa Ranchera – Recipe Steps

  1. First, slice the tomatoes and jalapenos in half lengthwise and set them onto a cast iron pan or baking sheet, skin sides up.
  2. Add the onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Set the pan into the center of the oven and broil for 20 minutes, or until the skins of the tomatoes and peppers blister up. Do not allow to burn.
  4. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  5. Remove the skins from the tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Discard them.
  6. Add the tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onion in a food processor along with cilantro and salt. If using any of the optional ingredients, add them now. Process until smooth.
  7. Season with salt to taste and serve warm.

BOOM! Done. Simple enough, isn’t it? This recipe makes about 2 cups, so if you’re bringing it to a party, plan accordingly.

Salsa Ranchera texture, nice and thick and slightly chunky

How Hot is Salsa Ranchera?

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You’ll get some heat from the jalapeno peppers, but if you’re looking for a spicier version that is still authentic and traditional, go with serrano chile. Of course if you’d like to toss in a couple habanero peppers for some real heat, no one around here would complain! Enjoy.

Serving Ideas for Salsa Ranchera

Serve up your Salsa Ranchera with warmed tortilla chips, or serve it on the side to spoon over pretty much any traditional Mexican dish, like tacos or burritos, enchiladas, chorizo con huevos and more.

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Salsa Ranchera on a chip, ready to eat

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. 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 4 votes
Salsa Ranchera on a chip
Salsa Ranchera Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This salsa ranchera recipe makes the best salsa, with fresh tomatoes, jalapeno peppers (or serranos), onion, garlic, cilantro, salt and more. When it comes to salsa, it's hard to beat.
Course: Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: jalapeno, recipe, salsa, serrano, spicy
Servings: 8
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 pound tomatoes
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers or use serrano peppers for a hotter version
  • ½ large white or yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • Salt to taste
OPTIONAL ADDITIONS: Juice from 1 small line, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon cumin, cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice the tomatoes and jalapenos in half lengthwise and set them onto a cast iron pan or baking sheet, skin sides up.
  2. Add the onion and garlic cloves.
  3. Set the pan into the center of the oven and broil (400 degrees F) for 20 minutes, or until the skins of the tomatoes and peppers blister up. Do not allow to burn. 

  4. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  5. Remove the skins from the tomatoes, peppers and garlic. Discard them.
  6. Place the tomatoes, peppers, garlic and onion in a food processor along with cilantro and salt. If using any of the optional ingredients, add them now. Process until smooth.
  7. Adjust for salt and serve warm.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 cups. Serves 8 ¼ cups.

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You'll get some heat from the jalapeno pepper, but if you're looking for a spicier version that is still authentic and traditional, go with serrano peppers.

Nutrition Facts
Salsa Ranchera Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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12 comments

  1. Looking forward to trying it, but not being a native speaker the broiling is causing me a few issues.

    20 but at what temperature?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Steven, many ovens have a “broil” setting, but if yours does not, just set the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C) and bake about 20 minutes, or until the pepper and tomato skins char a bit. Let me know how it turns out for you.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for the speedy reply.

        We do have broil settings, but most ovns also need a temperature set.

        However, mine starts out at 200c so that’s what I went with.

        20 was a bit too short for me, I cranked it to 300 and gave it another 5 minutes and that did it, cheers!

        Too hot for my girlfriend with 2 jalapeños tho, more salsa for me!

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Outstanding! Glad you enjoyed it, Steven! Have a great day!

  2. 5 stars
    Great tasting salsa! I had very juicy garden tomatoes so I strained some of the liquid off, but otherwise followed the recipe. Thanks.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      That’s GREAT, Christy! Fresh garden tomatoes are the BEST for this for sure. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I have been looking for a good recipe. I haven’t yet found one that interested me. This looks like one I will use and will make it.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I hope you enjoy it, Elaine. It’s super tasty. The title says it all. Enjoy.

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