Watermelon Salsa for Crab Cakes

At first glance these eye-catching chile peppers look like red jalapeno. However, they have a different flavor and are less meaty than Jalapeno. Red Fresnos are great roasted and added to salsas. Try grilling them alongside your steaks or in kabobs.

When roasting these they should char, blister, and become soft. Try substituting these in your favorite chile recipes.

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4 cups watermelon flesh, seeded and diced
1/3 cup red onion, minced
1/3 cup cilantro, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh green jalapeno, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh red fresno chile, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice


Toss all the ingredients together in a glass or pottery bowl to mix. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes and serve immediately.

Yields about 4 cups.

Recipe from Chile Pepper Magazine.