Green salsa made with green banana peppers

>> Friday, July 24, 2009

salsa verde banana peppersSpicy green salsa made with green banana peppers. Green salsas or Salsa verde are made using Tomatillos ( a small green tomato that's wrapped in a husk) , fresh green chili (either fresh Jalapenos or Seranos), cilantro, onion. This salsa is a substitute for the traditional salsa verde, because I have never seen tomatillos here and fresh spicy green chilies aren't always available, but these green banana peppers are available year round.
substitute for tomatillos

Your ingredients:
2 large green banana peppers (aka wax peppers/ slovak peppers)
1 hot red/green pepper ( I'm using a Holland/Dutch pepper )
1/4 of a medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 medium tomato
a handful of cilantro
1/2 tsp. / 2 ml of salt
1/4 tsp. / 1 ml of black pepper
1 tsp. / 5 ml Oregano
1 1/2 tsp. / 7 ml cummin seeds, then ground

1. Cut the stems off the peppers and remove the seeds off the banana peppers, leave the seeds on the hot pepper. In a pot add the peppers,onion,garlic and tomato add enough water to cover. Boil these ingredients until the peppers have become tender, about 10-15 minutes. Strain the ingredients.
2. In a blender all the boiled ingredients, cilantro and spices, and blend until smooth sauce. Taste for salt. Allow to cool down to room temperature or store in refrigerator until ready to use.

It may not taste exactly like traditional salsa verde but it tastes really good and makes a great substitute. You can use this salsa on top of pretty much any Mexican food you like, this is going on my sopes tonight, yummy!


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