Quick Picante Sauce Recipe

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Hot pepper sauce and a jalapeno pepper give this snappy sauce just the right amount of zip. It makes a great dip for tortilla chips or a tangy sauce for tacos and fajitas. "This is always a big hit at parties and office gathering," writes Barbara Sellers of Shreveport, Louisiana. "I even make it for my mother when she needs to bring a dip to a party."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and halved
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 5 drops hot pepper sauce
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 35 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 404mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable.


  1. In a blender, combine the first 10 ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Quick Picante Sauce in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p16

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"excellent picante!"

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