Fresh Rocoto Salsa

This chile pepper originated in the mountains of South America and Mexico. Because of their appearance they are often called “Manzano” which means apple chile. This pepper can only be grown in these regions at elevations above 5000′ therefore making these very rare in the US.These chiles are unique in that they are the only ones that have black seeds. They are very hot and meaty. Rocotos are chopped and used in salsas or sometimes stuffed with cheese and meat and then baked.

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3 fresh rocoto chiles, stemmed, seeded and minced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup red onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp. sherry wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. white pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tsp salt, more if needed


Mix all the ingredients together, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This mixture can be pureed with more lime juice and salt to marinate meats for grilling.

Recipe by Larry Noggle.