This creamy Salsa de Cacahuate (Peanut Salsa) is another traditional Mexican salsa very popular in the southern states of Mexico. With only 4 ingredients, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!
It's very spicy but you can adjust the spiciness level if desired by using less chiles de arbol or substituting some of them for Chile Japones (Japanese Chile is milder than Arbol Chile).
But first, let's get this straight... can you say cacahuate? Here is the correct pronunciation, say it with me: kakaˈwate. If you want to hear the pronunciation just click play in this link!
Like creamy salsas?
Try this Guajillo salsa that goes with everything from tacos to eating just with chips. It looks more spicy than it is! In fact, this salsa de cacahuate is more spicy than its' cousin Guajillo 😉
See how it easy it is to make this quick salsa de cacahuate.
Just simply sauté the peanuts and garlic for about a minute. Then add the chiles and sauté for less than a minute. Be careful not to burn the chiles since the salsa will taste bitter if you do.
Blend the peanut/chile mixture along with one cup of water and it's ready to eat! Adjust the water level if you want to make it as creamy as you want. Enjoy with chips, on tacos or seafood.
Salsa de Cacahuate (Peanut Salsa)
- 1 tablespoon avocado or vegetable oil
- 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- 20 dried arbol chiles stemmed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup water or more if needed
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add peanuts and garlic. Stir for 1 minute.
- Add the chiles and sauté for about 45 seconds. Being careful not to burn the chiles.
- Transfer to a blender and the salt and water; blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes.