East Los Angeles Jalapeno Salsa

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Recipe: #37986

December 30, 2021


Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (66.1 g)
  • Calories 19.9
  • Total Fat - 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 179.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 0.6 g
  • Calcium - 8.5 mg
  • Iron - 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos and wash them well.

Step 2

Discard the husks.

Step 3

Cut the tomatillos in quarters.

Step 4

Cut the jalapenos in halves lengthwise. Remove and discard the stems and seeds.

Step 5

Combine the tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, onion, garlic and salt in a food processor or blender and blend until pureed.

Step 6

Serve with chips.


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.

  • Choose tomatillos that are firm and bright green in color to ensure the best flavor.
  • Select jalapenos that are bright green and have smooth skin for the most mild salsa.

  • Substitute bell peppers for jalapenos for a milder flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it will reduce the spiciness of the salsa, making it more accessible to a wider range of palates.
  • Substitute lime juice for the white onion for a tangier flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it will add a zesty flavor to the salsa, making it more flavorful and unique.

Spicy Mango Salsa Replace the tomatillos with 1/2 pound of mangoes and add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a spicier version of this salsa.

Spicy Mexican Street Corn: This delicious side dish is the perfect accompaniment to East Los Angeles Jalapeno Salsa. It features roasted corn, mayonnaise, chili powder, cotija cheese, and lime juice for a flavor-packed dish that will have everyone coming back for more.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos: Grilled shrimp tacos are a delicious and flavorful addition to any Mexican-style meal. The juicy shrimp is complemented by the crunch of the taco shell and the zesty flavors of salsa, cilantro, and lime. This dish is light, healthy, and sure to be a hit with everyone at the table.


Q: How do I remove the stems and seeds from jalapenos?

A: To remove the stems and seeds from jalapenos, cut them in half lengthwise and discard the stems and seeds.

Q: What is the best way to store jalapenos?

A: The best way to store jalapenos is to wrap them in a paper towel and place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to two weeks.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: East Los Angeles Jalapeno Salsa is a popular dish in East Los Angeles, California, where it is often served with chips. The dish has been featured in movies, television shows, and music videos, including the hit song "Eastside" by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid.

Fun Fact 2: The jalapeno pepper is native to Mexico and is believed to have been cultivated since the 16th century. It is now widely used in Mexican cuisine and is a popular ingredient in East Los Angeles Jalapeno Salsa.