One chip-filled bite of this spicy padron pepper salsa fresco and you will be hooked! Summer is the perfect time for making homemade salsa. Tomatoes and peppers are at their ripest peak. You can make this delicious salsa from scratch in about 10 minutes!
If you remember my post all about padron peppers, I said they aren't that spicy. Well, the last container of padron peppers I bought are so spicy! I am totally eating my words. I feel like these peppers are too spicy for some of my recipes, but they would be perfect to make a hot pepper salsa!
Grab some chips and some juicy ripe tomatoes. You are going to love the flavor of this homemade salsa fresco. The flavors blend and merge together, even more, when you store this salsa in your refrigerator overnight! I think padron peppers could possibly be the best pepper for salsa now!
If you are a fan of padron peppers too, give my Padron Pepper Chili recipe a try too!
- Padron peppers - If you can't find padron, feel free to substitute shishito peppers. Feel free to use both the red padron peppers and the green padron peppers! (They tend to get red when they sit on the vine longer.)
- Tomatoes - Use heirloom if you have them, other wise regular tomato varieties are fine.
- Cilantro - Use fresh, not jarred cilantro.
- Oil - I recommend olive oil or avocado oil.
- Onion - Any type will taste delicious.
Recipe step by step directions:
Puree everything on high. Keep an eye on the texture.
HINT: If you like thick chunky salsa, like a pico de gallo, puree it for a shorter amount of time. If you like a thin salsa, puree until it is almost liquified.
Store your hot pepper salsa in a mason jar or an air-tight container in your refrigerator. This recipe makes enough padron pepper salsa to fill a quart-sized jar.
If you are a pepper fanatic like me, I have tons of delicious Shishito Pepper Recipes too!
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
If you are having a hard time finding padron peppers, you can use shishito peppers. They have a more mild flavor, so if you like spicy salsa, you would need to add in some fresh jalapeño peppers too.
Pico de gallo is referred to as a chunky fresh salsa. It is not cooked. The chunks of vegetables are larger than in a salsa.
Store-bought salsa should be gluten free, but it is important to always read the label. Processed salsas may have ingredients added that could contain gluten. My favorite gluten free store-bought salsa brands include Trader Joe's Roasted Salsa, Herdez, Pace, On The Border, Frontera, and Casa Sanchez (in the refrigerated section at the grocery store.)
Salsa has so many variations, it can be made cooked or raw! Both are considered salsa.
This salsa will keep fresh for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Store them in an air-tight container.
You can use any type of tomatoes for making salsa. I prefer heirloom, but the most important part is to be sure the tomatoes are very ripe so their sweetness can help flavor the salsa.
More gluten free pepper recipes:
- Roasted Shishito Peppers with Garlic
- Chilled Shishito Pepper Soup
- Gluten Free Stuffed Peppers
- 12 BEST Gluten Free Hatch Chile Recipes
Padron Pepper Salsa
- 3 cups tomatoes ripe
- ¼ cup onion
- ¼ cup padron peppers * see note
- 1 clove garlic large or two small cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice feel free to add more if you like
- ⅓ cup cilantro fresh
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Be sure to read notes about padron peppers below so you know the level of spiciness.
- Blend the ingredients until you have the desired texture. For pico de gallo, blend a much shorter time for the big chunks.
- Padron peppers can be hot, but it varies widely. I recommend tasting one (a tiny bit to your tongue) so you know the level of heat your peppers have. This way you can adjust and use the number of peppers by how hot you like your salsa.
- If you can't find padron peppers, use shishito or bell peppers and add jalapeño for the spice.
- Store your salsa in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. I like to use quart-sized mason jars.
- This salsa will keep fresh up to 1 week in the refrigerator
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