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
- 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.
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.
Step by step preparation photos of the jalapeño cilantro salsa: