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Homemade Picante Sauce - Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Picante Sauce - Recipe

Make your own picante-style sauce or salsa at home with this recipe, with fresh tomatoes, spicy jalapenos, tangy apple cider vinegar and more. I use this sauce on practically everything. Can be served as a sauce or a salsa.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Salsa
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: picante, salsa
Servings: 10
Calories: 49kcal


  • 10 dried chipotle peppers
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups mixed chili peppers chopped – jalapeno peppers are great here, as are serranos, or go with a variety
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4-5 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1 small lime


  • Add the chipotle peppers to a small pot and cover them with water. Bring to a quick boil then remove from heat. Allow them to soften about 20 minutes. Remove the stems, chop them and add them to a food processor.
  • To the food processor, add tomatoes, jalapenos, serranos, onion and garlic. Process to roughly chop.
  • Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
  • Add the sauce to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and store in sterilized jars, or use it right away.



Heat Factor: Mild, but with BIG flavor.


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 15.4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.9mg