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Recipe: Roasted Ripe Chile Salsa

Recipe: Roasted Ripe Chile Salsa

Recipe: Roasted  Ripe Chile Salsa 

Using Overly Ripened Chilies for Intense Chile Salsa

Ripe Chile Salsa Recipe

Ripe Chilies make great chile salsa

So perhaps you over bought a box of Hatch chilies and forgot to roast them.  By now, they are bright red and starting to shrivel and dehydrate. Do not throw them away! Make them into salsa! Fully ripe and slightly dehydrated chile peppers may no longer be juicy, although their flavor is more concentrated. I made an awesome salsa recipe using these overly ripened peppers. You can use any of the meaty chile peppers , like Anaheim , but I think it tastes best with my left over hatch chilies.  This is a fairly easy chile salsa recipe, that can turn your breaking bad chilies into WIN!  I even left my fresh chilies out for a couple weeks to recreate this same flavor. 

Ripe Chile Salsa Recipe

Ripe Chile Peppers are bright red and are shriveled. This dehydration intensifies flavors and kick


  • 15 ripe (red) and slightly dehydrated Melissa’s Produce Hatch chilies (or Anaheim chilies).
  • 2 Medium size tomatoes
  • 1 Bunch of cilantro – stems trimmed
  • ½ Clove garlic
  • 3/4 Cup sweet onion, diced
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground black pepper


1)      Roast peppers on an outdoor gas grill or in a broiler, until the exterior chars overs.  Note: Since these chilies are slightly dehydrated, they will not be as juicy, so be careful not to over-cook.

Ripe Chile Salsa Recipe

Creating a good char is essential to improving flavors

2)      Place the charred chilies in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This process will loosen the skin from the meat.  After 1 hour, using gloves, peel off charred skin and the majority of the seeds.

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After charring, skinning and seeding. Leave some seeds behind.

3)      While chile peppers are roasting, broil the tomatoes and garlic on high heat in a toaster oven. Be sure to use an aluminum foil wrapped pan. Cook until they become soft and the exterior is charred. Garlic should be a light golden brown.  Remove tomato and garlic from heat.  Set aside roasted  garlic. 4)  Flip the tomatoes over, and sprinkle with the salt and sugar. Next, roast the tomatoes again so that the other side is also charred. The tomato will become very juicy and shriveled.

Ripe Chile Salsa Recipe

Roast the tomatoes and garlic the same way. The char will add flavor to the salsa

5)      Place peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, cilantro and pepper into a food processor. Use the chop setting until you get your desired consistency. I like mine thick.

Ripe Chile Salsa Recipe

If you have a small food processor, make your chile salsa in several batches

6)      Add fresh squeezed lime juice to the salsa to taste.  I personally prefer a slight acidity to the flavor profile, so I use the juice of two whole limes. Give the food processor a quick pulse to mix it in. 7)      Add black pepper to taste

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The finished product, ripe chile salsa


Safety First!

Safety note about working with hot chile peppers:Roasted Salsa Recipe 0116 Do yourself a favor and use gloves when handling roasted chile peppers. From personal experience, I peeled and seeded these roasted peppers with my bare hands. I did not feel the pain at first, but an hour latter my hands were searing with a hot burning feeling. Once the capsicum goes sub-dermal, there is nothing you  can do but to ride it out. Forget about the milk, yogurt or potato remedies, they don’t work after the capsicum gets ‘Under your skin.” If you forget to wear gloves, be sure to wash your hands with soap and hot water for five minutes. Whatever you do, DO NOT scratch your eye or go to the restroom without washing your hands thoroughly. The consequences are unfortunate, indeed. 


About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. That looks really good! Just get some chips and i am all set!

  2. This looks like a great recipe. I love Hatch chilis and I love salsa. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Looks easy enough to make. I might just have to try this out sometime.

  4. Great recipe. I personally do not like chiles but know so many people who do so I would still make this. Thank you for the glove warning!

  5. I love making my own salsa. This recipe looks great. I usually use the blender. But, I’ll have to try the food processor to see if I can get a chunkier salsa. Yours looks more like the consistency I’d like to get.

  6. This looks delicious Tom. I’ll have to try this recipe for salsa. That is my one downfall…chips and salsa. Thanks for the heads up about peeling the peppers…I had no idea and the consequences sound painful.

  7. That looks really good. I want some chips and dip now.

  8. I want this for breakfast now!!! That looks DELICIOUS!!! Sharing…

  9. very helpful info here about chili recipes

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