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A tortilla chip dipping into Salsa De Cacahuate.

Salsa de Cacahuate (Peanut Salsa)

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!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 12 ounces
Calories 81kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


For a milder salsa, use less chiles de arbol or substitute some of them for Chile Japones (Japanese Chile is milder than Arbol Chile).
This 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.


Serving: 1oz | Sodium: 157mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calories: 81kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 7g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 3g