Green Salsa Serrano en Molcajete

Green Salsa Serrano en Molcajete

Green Salsa, Serrano chile,  is a  classic Texas Mexican table salsa.  If you’re from this region, send me an email or comment about how you’ve savored this in your home.

Amá (we did not use the Spanish word, mamá) always had this salsa on the kitchen table.  The straight taste of chile Serrano and salt is a beautiful thing.  I’ve never seen this table salsa in any big chain Mexican restaurants.  You’ll find it only in the best, traditional and classic Texas Mexican places.  If you haven’t obtained a molcajete yet, you can use a spice grinder or a small blender.   You can add diced tomato, onion, garlic if you want to make it into a Salsa Ranchera or Salsa Mexicana, but sometimes raw simplicity is best.

Green Salsa is made with fresh Serrano Chile and salt, in a volcanic rock Mexican Molcajete
Green Salsa starts with fresh Chile Serrano

To this day Serrano is my favorite chile.  The fresh, green taste is prominent, much more so, I think, than in the Jalapeño which is more neutral.  We’d take a flour tortilla, spread some pinto beans on it, and then top it with this salsa. That’s all.  Why gild the lily?

Recipe/Ratios for Green Salsa, Serrano Chile

Adapted from the book: Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes

1 Chile Serrano, sliced
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup water

Place the ingredients in the molcajete and have fun!


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