This creamy Salsa de Cacahuate (Peanut Salsa) is a traditional Mexican salsa very popular in the southern states of Mexico. With only 4 ingredients, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!
***This post was originally published on Dec 2015. It has been updated to be more helpful.
The best Peanut Salsa is lusciously creamy, yet somehow light and fluffy. It’s deliciously smooth and swirled, and begging to be scooped with a tortilla chip. It’s nutty and spicy, thanks to the chile de arbol.
If you can’t handle heat very well, it can be made with less chiles de arbol or substituting some of them for Chile Japones. This is a Japanese chile and it’s milder than chile de arbol while maintaining the same flavor profile.
Before we start the recipe notes, let’s get this straight… can you say cacahuate? No worries if you don’t! Hey, my hubby still can’t say it lol! Here is the correct pronunciation, say it with me: kakaˈwate.
You can hear the pronunciation on the “how to pronounce website“. It’s pretty close!
This Peanut Salsa recipe has very few simple ingredients and that’s what makes it so easy to make. Before you start cooking, gather all ingredients as the process goes very quickly.
- The oil – Use avocado, grapeseed or vegetable oil. The key is to use an oil that stands high heat.
- The nuts – 1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts.
- Garlic clove
- The chiles – About 20 dried arbol chiles are needed for a spicy salsa. You can use less if desired. See notes below how to control the spiciness.
- Kosher or sea salt
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How To Make Salsa De Cacahuate
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; sauté the peanuts and garlic for about a minute. Constantly stir for 1 minute.
- Then add the chiles and sauté for less about 45 seconds. 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.
How To Control The Spicy Level
This Salsa De Cacahuate recipe calls for 20 arbol chiles and it comes out very spicy! So if you like things hot, keep things as is.
For a milder sauce use from 10 to 12 chiles de arbol and add 1 guajillo chile to enhance the flavor and for texture. Or as mentioned earlier, you can also substitute some of the chile de arbol with japanese chiles. They are much milder.
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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.
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