Ancho Chile Salsa

I got this recipe from my favorite plant-based food blogger MELOMEALS: Vegan For $3.33 A Day – she’s amazing! She actually eats on $3.33 a day! Her system is cool, she makes a few base sauces at the beginning of the week and uses them to make a bunch of other meals throughout the week. I made her Salsa recipe the other day and it turned out really good! I plan on following her plan and making bbq sauce out of it too.

I used ancho chile powder and added 1/4 cup raw sugar and it turned out awesome!

Here’s her recipe:

1 T oil – I used vegetable oil
1 T coriander seeds ( or ground coriander ) – I used coriander seeds from World Spice Merchant
1 t cumin seeds
2 T chili powder – I used Ancho Chile Powder from World Spice Merchant
Pinch oregano
1 large onion
5 Serrano or Jalapeno Peppers – I used Jalapenos
1 t Tony’s Cajun Seasoning or Salt – I used Tony’s
Around ½ cup water
28 oz can tomatoes and their juice, crushed with your hands – I used Trader Joe’s Organic Diced Tomatoes
5 cloves garlic. chopped – I used like 8 cloves
Stems from 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
Juice of 2 limes or 2 T balsamic or apple cider vinegar – I used lime juice

** I added 1/4 cup raw sugar to this recipe, I like my salsa a little sweeter.


Over medium heat, add the oil and spices. Toast for several minutes or until very fragrant. Add the Onions and peppers along with the salt and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often adding water to keep the mixture from burning. Next add the tomatoes , cover and turn heat down to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Take off heat, stir in the garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Puree  in a food processor or blend. I used a hand blender. Allow Salsa to cool then taste and add more salt if needed.

Here’s my steps:

Chopped my onion, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro stems

Heating spices in the oil... smells so good!

Added the veggies

Added tomatoes

Done cooking... I blended it using my hand blender at this point.


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