Abuelo Mexican Restaurant's Salsa

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"I had this salsa when I was on vacation down in Myrtle Beach, SC a few years ago. It was awesome, and I always wished I could get the recipe to make it at home. I finally did and here it is to share with you! I love to add a good squeeze or two of lime to mine. Very good!"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (127.5 g)
  • Calories 27.5
  • Total Fat - 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.8 g
  • Protein - 1.2 g
  • Calcium - 15.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 40.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Wash produce before using.

Step 2

Place a small saute pan on medium heat, and cook jalapeno and garlic until slightly charred.

Step 3

Add all vegetables to a food processor, and pulse to a coarse chop, adding the reserved juice from the tomatoes.

Step 4

Salt to taste.

Step 5



No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Look for jalapenos that are bright green, firm, and have no blemishes or wrinkles.
  • Use fresh cilantro for the best flavor, but if you can't find any, you can use dried cilantro instead.

  • Substitute canned diced tomatoes for the whole tomatoes. This substitution will reduce the amount of time needed to prepare the salsa, as the tomatoes will already be diced.
  • Substitute red onion for the yellow onion. This substitution will add a milder flavor to the salsa, while still providing the necessary texture and flavor to the dish.

Chipotle Salsa Replace the jalapeno pepper with 1 canned chipotle in adobo sauce, and use 1 can diced tomatoes (drained) instead of the whole tomatoes.

Tomatillo Salsa Replace the jalapeno pepper with 1/2 cup diced tomatillos, and use 1 can diced tomatoes (drained) instead of the whole tomatoes.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa - This is the perfect dish to serve with Abuelo Mexican Restaurant's Salsa. The combination of the grilled fish, creamy avocado salsa, and the spicy salsa will make for a delicious and flavorful meal. The salsa adds a nice kick to the tacos and the avocado salsa adds a creamy texture that balances out the flavors.

Mexican Street Corn Salad - This delicious side dish is a great accompaniment to the Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa. The sweet and savory flavors of the Mexican Street Corn Salad pair perfectly with the flavors of the tacos and salsa. The creamy avocado salsa and spicy salsa bring out the sweetness of the corn, while the cotija cheese and cilantro add a nice balance of salty and savory flavors.


Q: How much cilantro should I use?

A: The amount of cilantro you use can be adjusted to your preference. Generally, 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro is recommended. However, you can add more or less depending on your taste.

Q: How do I store cilantro?

A: Cilantro should be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag. It should be used within a few days for the best flavor and texture.

11 Reviews


I baked my own tortilla chips and they were yummy with the salsa. I love lime so I used extra. Most delicious!


review by:
(7 Jan 2021)


We are big on Mexican, and this salsa is so delish! I used Taco scoops to dip. So good!


review by:
(26 Jul 2020)

Dippity Du Da Deb

Oh yum, this is so delicious! I got creative and made my own pita chips. A perfect dipper!


(10 Apr 2020)


We love salsa and have finally found "The One"!


review by:
(27 Dec 2019)


I added some lime juice into the mix. Tasted great using whole grain tortilla chips for dippers. Just enough heat for us removing the seeds!


review by:
(5 Oct 2019)


Love this salsa! Made to have with some tortilla chips. Just the right amount of everything. Don't mess with this one. It's great as is! I made mine without the seeds in the peppers to keep the heat down. Saving to make again!


review by:
(28 Jul 2019)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The jalapeno pepper is native to Mexico and has been around since the time of the Aztecs. It was given its name by Spanish conquistadors who called it "xalapa" after the city of Xalapa, Mexico.

Fun Fact 2: Abuelo Mexican Restaurant is a popular chain of Mexican restaurants that originated in Amarillo, Texas. It was founded in 1989 by James Young, a restaurateur from Amarillo, and has since grown to over 50 locations across the United States.