Serranos are generally hotter than jalapeños, but they're also smaller, so you can use either, in the same quantity. This salsa goes well with Sirloin Tacos and other Tex-Mex dishes.
In a small bowl, soak the onion in the lime juice for 15 minutes. In a dry, heavy-duty skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat, "roast" the tomatoes, chile halves, and garlic clove until charred on all sides, about 2 to 5 minutes for the garlic, 8 to 10 minutes for the chiles, and 12 to 15 minutes for the tomatoes. Pulse in a blender; the mixture should remain slightly chunky. Transfer to a serving bowl and add the onion, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if needed. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
nutrition information (per serving):
approx. 2 Tbs., Calories
0, Fat Calories
1, Saturated Fat
0, Monounsaturated Fat
2, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips