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Jalapeño cilantro salsa

Jalapeño salsa recipe

This mild and creamy jalapeño cilantro salsa is made with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and olive oil. This is my brother Ramon’s awesome recipe and I have to warn you that this jalapeño aji or salsa is highly addictive. It has a lot of flavor without being overly spicy. Ramon (Moncho) does a good amount of grilling and uses this sauce to accompany grilled meats, seafood, and more. I also like to use this sauce for basting when grilling. This jalapeño cilantro salsa can also be used as a dipping sauce for empanadas; it also goes great with patacones or plantain chips. I’ve also used it as a salad dressing – it works really well when you’re looking for something that will add a spicy (but mild) touch to any dish.

Jalapeño cilantro salsa

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Jalapeño cilantro salsa

Jalapeño cilantro salsa

Mild and creamy jalapeño cilantro salsa recipe made with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and olive oil.
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Course: Condiments, Salsa, Sauce
Cuisine: Latin, Latin fusion
Keyword: Easy jalapeño sauce, Jalapeño cilantro chimichurri, Jalapeño cilantro salsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups of salsa (more or less depending on how much oil is used and size of hot peppers)
Author: Layla Pujol


  • 4-5 jalapeños seeded, deveined and cut in large chunks
  • 1 medium sized bunch of cilantro which is about a little over 1 cup of packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • ½ to ¾ cup of olive oil or avocado oil (for a more neutral taste) adjust based on how thick you want the salsa
  • Salt to taste


  • Place all the ingredients in a mini food processor or blender, mix/blend until all the ingredients are completely crushed and the sauce is smooth. Make sure the sauce is blended well enough so that the olive oil is well mixed into the salsa.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. The salsa is best if used the same day it’s prepared.



You can blend the ingredients in a mini food processor or in a blender; the consistency does come out smoother in a blender. However, sometimes it’s just easier to make it in the food processor. Regardless of which appliance you use it’s important to make sure that even after the all ingredients are crushed and blended, you still need to blend a little bit more to make sure that the olive oil is completely incorporated into the sauce.

This aji salsa is very similar to my aji criollo recipe. It has very similar ingredients, but while you can use any variety of hot peppers for the aji criollo, for this salsa the key is to use jalapeños, it doesn’t have the same flavor if you use any other type of pepper. Also, I use water in the aji criollo, while this jalapeño cilantro salsa uses only olive oil. This jalapeño cilantro salsa reminds me of a chimichurri style sauce because of the combination of olive oil, garlic and herbs; even though traditional chimichurri uses finely chopped herbs.

Jalapeño cilantro salsa


Step by step preparation photos of the jalapeño cilantro salsa:

Jalapeños, cilantro, limes and garlic for salsa o aji Combine the ingredients in the a mini food processor or blender and mix well For an extra smooth salsa use a blender
Easy jalapeño cilantro salsa recipe Jalapeño cilantro salsa
Homemade jalapeño salsa recipe Jalapeño Chimichurri Salsa


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  1. Great sauces for steak grilling and for beef filled empanadas. Orginally was looking for a meat filling for empanadas. Not only found that recipe with a avocado sauce but instructions for beer marinating and then jalepeno sauce for basting some steaks I have been searching for a delicious way to prepare. I now have the next several meals planned.
    Thank you!!!

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