← Back to Search Results
Latin American, Tex-Mex
 South American Jalapeno-Parsley Salsa Recipe-4619

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
Comments: 0


Meat is as central to South American cuisine as it is to North American, and this typical salsa—a chimichurri—is a superb meat relish. In Argentina chimichurri is served over lean, range-fed, pampas beef steaks. We prefer using green-tasting fresh Italian parsley in this salsa. Should you find only plain canned jalapeños, then do add some vinegar.

Yield: Makes about 2 cups
Prep time: Takes Less Than 20 Minutes


  • 18 canned marinated jalapeño chili peppers
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, preferably ltalian flat-leaf
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


1. Wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands, cut the stems off the jalapeños.

2. In a food processor or using a chef’s knife, chop the chili peppers, onion, and parsley into medium-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the oil. Use right away or cover and refrigerate for up to several weeks.


Every year the many Spanish speakers of Northern California hold a Latin American festival in Gilroy. José Feliciano comes to sing, Mexican and Spanish dancers perform, and across a wide grassy field stand booths offering every sort of Latin American food imaginable. The hit of the fair is the Argentine empanadas, folded over pie crusts surrounding fillings similar to tortilla fillings. The empanadas are accompanied by a South American salsa made from jalapeños and lots of parsley that is slathered over the outside. We’ve included our version of the salsa to slather inside North American tacos.

TIP: The special flavor of this salsa depends on using marinated jalapenos. If you cannot find them, use plain canned ones and add ¼ teaspoon dried oregano and 1 teaspoon cider vinegar to the salsa.

© 1990 Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 8 servings.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

92kcal (5%)
8mg (1%)
18mg (30%)
25mcg RAE (1%)
0mg (0%)
2mg (0%)
1g (6%)
9g (14%)
0mg (3%)

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.

Sign up for
The Cookstr Weekly

Free handpicked cookbook recipes delivered straight to your inbox

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

gluten-free-and-vegan-holidays Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays
by Jennifer Katzinger
amor-y-tacos Amor Y Tacos
by Deborah Schneider
the-whole-beast-nose-to-tail-eating The Whole Beast: Nose to Ta...
by Fergus Henderson
everyday-chinese-cooking Everyday Chinese Cooking
by Katie Chin, Leeann Chin
125-best-vegan-recipes 125 Best Vegan Recipes
by Maxine Effenson Chuck, Beth Gurney
lucindas-authentic-jamaican-kitchen Lucinda's Authentic Jamaica...
by Lucinda Scala Quinn
living-raw-food Living Raw Food
by Sarma Melngailis
the-gourmet-cookbook The Gourmet Cookbook
by Ruth Reichl
complete-book-of-indian-cooking-350-recipes-from-the-regions-of-india Complete Book of Indian Coo...
by Suneeta Vaswani
a-bakers-odyssey A Baker's Odyssey
by Andrew Schloss
rice Rice
by Bonnie Tandy Leblang, Joanne Lamb Hayes
how-to-be-a-domestic-goddess How to be a Domestic Goddess
by Nigella Lawson
fruits-of-the-harvest-recipes-to-celebrate-kwanzaa-and-other-holidays Fruits of the Harvest: Reci...
by Eric V. Copage
the-sweet-life The Sweet Life
by Kate Zuckerman
the-country-cooking-of-ireland The Country Cooking of Ireland
by Colman Andrews
mexican-everyday Mexican Everyday
by Rick Bayless
nancy-silvertons-sandwich-book Nancy Silverton's Sandwich ...
by Nancy Silverton
bistro-cooking-at-home-more-than-150-classic-and-contemporary-dishes Bistro Cooking at Home: Mor...
by Gordon Hamersley
chez-panisse-fruit Chez Panisse Fruit
by Alice Waters

Thanks for signing up!

You'll receive an activation email in your inbox shortly. Don't forget to click that link and activate your new Cookstr.com account!

Already a member? Sign in here

Sign up for Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new cookbooks, Cookstr features, and other exclusives we know you'll love
By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
New to Cookstr? Sign up here
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?