Georgia Peanut Salsa Recipe
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Georgia Peanut Salsa Recipe

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Former President Jimmy Carter gave First Place to this zippy salsa at the Plains Peanut Festival in his Georgia hometown. Mother-daughter team Lane and Elizabeth McCloud came up with the recipe just days before the competition. “Although we weren’t allowed in the judging room, we later saw a tape of President Carter tasting our salsa and saying, ‘Mmmmmm… that’s good,‘“ says Lane, who lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. “Elizabeth was only 9 at the time, but it’s a day she’ll never forget.“ —Lane McLoud, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:23 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 23 servings


  • 3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) picante sauce
  • 1 can (7 ounces) white or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-1/2 cups salted roasted peanuts or boiled peanuts
  • Hot pepper sauce, optional
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 123 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 207mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  2. Just before serving, stir in peanuts and pepper sauce if desired. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: about 6-1/2 cups.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with salted peanuts, but the original recipe used boiled peanuts, which are often available in the South.
Originally published as Georgia Peanut Salsa in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p6

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omahataxidriver User ID: 5143548 167111
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"Its a crazy combo and its crazy good!"

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 155145
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"loved this salsa and so did everyone else,will be making it agian. its a keeper"

christabelle11 User ID: 5713108 171490
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010


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