Drunken Roasted Salsa
This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units). It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews. Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.
1/2 green bell pepper
1/3 red bell pepper
2 fresh jalapeno peppers
2 serrano peppers
2 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 large white onion, cut into large chunks
1/2 large fresh tomato, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1 (12 oz) can canned diced tomatoes with their juice
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3 fluid oz Mexican beer
Preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Halve the green bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, and serrano peppers lengthwise and discard stems and seeds. Place on baking sheet and brush the peppers with olive oil. Roast peppers under the broiler until the skin blackens and blisters, 3 to 5 minutes. Place peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam until the skins loosen, about 10 minutes. Peel skin off the peppers and discard.
Combine the green bell pepper, red bell pepper, jalapenos, serrano, onion, tomato, garlic, cilantro, diced tomato with juice, lime juice, salt, black pepper, and beer in a blender. Blend to desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.