Monday, June 11, 2012

Roasted Jalapeño Mango Salsa and How to Roast a Pepper

How do you roast a jalapeño pepper?

It's actually quite easy and the same process applies to any pepper you want to roast.

• Cut the pepper in half, remove seeds and toss in a tsp or two of oil (any oil will do)
• Broil it in an oven or toaster oven (cut-side down) until the skin begins to blacken
• Put the blackened peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap

That last step may seem kind of odd but it allows the blackened skin on the pepper to loosen so you can easily peel it off.

The next logical question you REALLY have to roast the jalapeño peppers for this Roasted Jalapeño Mango Salsa recipe?

The answer is Yes and No.

Yes, if you want to remove the pepper's fibrous skin and be left with a very tender pepper with a hint of smoky flavor.

No, if you prefer your jalapeños raw and are interested in a more crunchy salsa.

I love the extra flavor you get from roasting peppers so I don't mind taking that extra step to get it. Thankfully, as you noticed from the steps above, it's really simple to do!

Roasted Jalapeño Mango Salsa

Make this recipe with even LESS effort!
  • Cover baking sheet with foil for easy clean-up. Remember to recycle the foil (if you can in your area) when done.
  • Read this short post on how to dice a mango quickly.
  • Know that half a regular sized lime equals about 1 tbsp of less thing to measure.
Time it takes: 10 minutes to roast and cool, 10 minutes to prepare
Makes: 1½ cups

4 jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 mango, peeled and diced
1 tbsp minced red onion
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
Chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

In a medium bowl, toss cut peppers with oil. Place peppers cut-side down on a baking sheet that's been covered with foil wrap. Broil in the oven (or toaster oven) until skins are blistered and charred, about 5 minutes. Remove peppers from oven, place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 5 minutes. Peel off charred skins and dice peppers.

In a small bowl, combine diced peppers, mangoes, onions, lime juice and olive oil. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

One More Mango Salsa You Can Try
1. Mango Kiwi Salsa

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  1. This is so delicious. I love the idea of using roasted jalapeno in this mango salsa. A terrific combo.