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Hand holding a chip with salsa chile piquin over a molcajete.
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5 from 9 votes

Chile Piquin Salsa

Chile Piquin Salsa is a spicy food lover’s dream. Super flavorful and loaded with heat. Grab the chips! It makes a delicious appetizer or topping for tacos.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 cups
Calories: 164kcal



  • Wash the tomatoes.
  • Make a criss cut cross on the bottom of the tomatoes.
  • Place on a hot skillet to roast.
  • After 5 minutes, turn to roast the other side.
  • Add the serrano peppers.
  • Roast for another 2 minutes.
  • Turn the peppers and the tomatoes to char all the sides.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the skillet.
  • Roast everything for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Remove the garlic and onions from the skillet.
  • Using a knife remove the skin from the garlic clove and set aside.
  • Remove the serranos and the tomatoes from the skillet.
  • Let cool slightly.
  • Remove the skin from the tomatoes.
  • Cut off the stems from the serranos and cut in half.
  • Dice the onion.
  • In a molcajete, add the dried chile piquin.
  • Grind until almost a powder.
  • Add the roasted garlic.
  • Grind until smooth.
  • Add the serrano peppers.
  • Grind until the peppers have been broken down.
  • Slowly add one tomato at a time. Pressing down gently so as not to squirt.
  • Mash it up.
  • Repeat with the second tomato.
  • Mash it up as well.
  • Add the roasted onion, salt, and cilantro.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Taste for salt and serve!


Start by roasting the tomatoes first. They take the longest. After a few minutes, add the serranos. Add the onion and garlic last since they only need a minute or two to roast.
Roasting garlic on the skillet with the skin on makes it easier to peel later on.
ROASTING IN THE OVEN: Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and serranos on a sheet pan. Drizzle with oil and coat well. Place under the broiler for 7 minutes, turn and continue roasting for an additional 5 minutes.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 1213mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 10063IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg