Grandma’s Signature Salsa | Made with Anaheim Chili Peppers
Grandma’s Signature Anaheim Chili Pepper Salsa is an absolutely delicious salsa bursting with flavor. Perfect for any occasion!
For as long as I can remember, my grandma has made the best salsa in the whole world (yes, I’ve tried every salsa!). Her salsa is so addicting. My favorite way to enjoy this delicious SALSA is with tortilla chips, but we add it to almost everything. My grandma often sends salsa home with my family when we visit, which ultimately ends with my husband and I arguing about the amount of salsa we each get to devour. He obviously loves the salsa as much as I do.
I have called my grandma for the ingredients and recipe for her salsa numerous times and she always tells me she doesn’t have a recipe, she just makes it (love that). She is an amazing cook and really doesn’t need recipes. For nearly 20 years, I have lived 2 minutes away from her and was able to see her quite often. Two years ago, my grandma started to leave during these hot summer months to Canada (living in AZ the temps get really high so I’m glad she is able to stay cool in the summer). She leaves for 6 whole months! Wow, that was a shock when you are used to seeing someone so frequently. It made me realize I need to really treasure and embrace the moments I have with her as life is really short.
I invited my grandma come to my house the other day to make her amazing salsa with me and it was one of the best times I’ve spent with her and will treasure forever.
This salsa is pretty simple to make
After washing the veggies, we roast the veggies until they are brown on all sides. It was funny because a few times we started talking and forgot about turning the veggies (oops!). After they are all roasted we steamed them. My grandma wraps them in foil and then we set a wet towel on them for 5-10 minutes (you can just place them in a bowl and cover instead of wrapping in foil). When they are steamed it is time to peel the skin the skin off of the Anaheim chilies, tomatillos and tomatoes. Then we threw it all in the food processor, blend it and voila, we had an amazingly tasty salsa that only lasted a mere two hours at most. Of course, my husband ate the majority of it.
I am so thankful I was able to make this salsa with my grandma. Now, every time I make it I will remember this time I spent with her. She just left for Canada and it was hard to say goodbye, but I know these next six months will fly by and when she returns, we will make another one of her yummy dishes together! Please enjoy this when you make it, it is truly the best. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo (and any day of the week)!
A delicious salsa, bursting with flavor, made with roasted Anaheim Chili Peppers.
- 4-5 Anaheim Chilies (the straighter ones are better for roasting)
- 2 medium tomatoes
- 2-3 tomatillos
- 1 jalapeno
- 1 yellow pepper (chile guerito)
- 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tsp cumin to taste
- 1 tsp onion powder to taste
- 1 garlic clove (minced/more if you love garlic)
Line a baking sheet with foil. Set the oven to Broil (500°F )
Peel the husk off of the tomatillos and then wash all of the veggies. Place the veggies (Anaheim Chilies, tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapeno, chili guerito) on the baking sheet.
Place in the oven. Watch them closely. When they start to brown rotate them. Continue to rotate until they are browned evenly. Some may brown quicker than others. Remove them once they are browned evenly and place on a piece of foil.
Once they are all roasted wrap the veggies in a bowl and cover with lid to steam for 5-10 minutes.
After they are steamed peel the skin off of the chilies, tomatoes, tomatillos, japaleno and chili guerito. When peeling the skin off of the Anaheim Chilies take out the veins and seeds (you may want to leave in a few seeds if you want it to be spicy). Quickly rinse off the skin with water if necessary, try not to use lots of water.
Place all veggies and cilantro in the food processor. Add salt, cumin, and onion powder to taste.
Transfer into a dish and mix in the garlic.