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Basic Picante Sauce

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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recipe is ready in under 30 minutes time: under 30 minutes

serves/makes:   3 cups


recipe id: 48765
cook method: stovetop

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1 large white onion
1 fresh jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup canned jalapenos
6 medium tomatoes
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh, crushed cilantro
1 teaspoon dried cilantro


Remove the skin from the onion and chop into 1/4-inch pieces.

Remove the stems from the jalapeno (if using fresh) and tomatoes and chop into 1/4-inch pieces.

Preheat the oil to medium temperature in a large frying pan. Add the onions and saute for about 10 minutes or until tender but not brown. Add the remaining ingredients. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

For a less spicy sauce, keep the jalapeno whole and remove it after simmering the mixture.


19 calories, 2 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Member since: January 27, 2008
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I cut the recipe in half to test it and it turned out really good. I'll be making the full recipe next time.

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Very easy basic recipe with lots of fresh ingredients. It's exactly they recipe I was looking for as I'm trying to make most of our meals now using very few canned or boxed ingredients. I don't can but I think I will try freezing this to see how it will store that way because I would like to keep some on hand even though it's pretty simple to make up a batch.

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I omitted the sugar like the other reviewer suggested. People think that to cut acidity with tomatoes you need to add sugar but really you need to add salt. I also pulsed the vegies in my food processor so they were finely chopped. In my opinion picante sauce shouldn't be a chunky as salsa.

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This is a very good healthy recipe. It is also a good base/starter recipe. I used fresh/organic ingredients and deleted the sugar. i added ground cumin and organic tomato paste to tighten it up a bit. Next time, I want to fire-roast the peppers and tomatoes and try it with chipotle and maybe add a little roasted garlic. i can see all kinds of ways to change this up and make it that "go-to" recipe for healthy fresh homemade picante sauce.

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Fantastic sauce, very easy to make, I turned it into a chicken picante and baked it in the oven with shredded cheese for a few mins

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