Sauce with Chile Sharp as A Rooster’s Beak

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A sauce for the brave at heart. More picante than its primo hermano-first cousin, red sauce, which is described later in this section-it probably will enchilar-burn your tongue. If this happens, do not drink water; put a few grains of soothing salt on your tongue.




Total Timeunder 15 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, game day

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian


Taste and Textureherby, hot & spicy, light

Type of Dishsalsa, sauces


  • 2 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 2-4 fresh serrano chiles (small green), seeded, cored, and minced


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients just before serving.


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