Green Chile and Cilantro Sauce

  • Serves

    makes About 2/3 Cup

Peruvians use a cautious hand when spicing their food, but compensate for their conservatism by serving a variety of fiery, chile-based salsas as condiments alongside their meals. This bright green, spicy sauce is best made shortly before it is served.


  • 6 fresh Peruvian green chiles or serrano chiles
  • 1 bunch cilantro (stems included)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


Step 1

Remove and discard stems and seeds from chiles, then place in a blender. Add cilantro, garlic, onions, oil, and 2 tbsp. very hot water. Purée until smooth, adding more hot water to thin if necessary.

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