Dano’s Salsa

before tomatoes or enchilada sauce

Once labeled “Inverted Paws”, this recipe can either put you into utopia or kill ya.  I have put it in a format that hopefully you will be able to use to change the heat as you see fit.

The key to this recipe is to hand cut all veggies. Do not throw into a food processor and blend.  Also, use as many fresh vegetables as possible. You will be able to tell the difference.

amount ingredient to make milder
1 red onions
10 serrano peppers use less
6-8 cayenne peppers use less or omit
2 yellow bell peppers
1/2 cup brown sugar
30 oz red enchilada sauce
12 oz kernel corn
12 black beans
2 squeezed limes
10 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 bunch fresh minced cilantro
1 tblsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
3 cans Rotel Habanero Tomotoes Use regular or lime flavors
10 roma or plum tomatoes
1 red onions

Now you have the base, and many will stop here. You can modify the tomoatoe consistency changing the ratio of tomotoes and amount of enchilada sauce you put in it.

adjust enchilada sauce and tomatoes as desired


Taste the flavor and adjust to your desire (do not add more “heat”, that will come). The trick to good salsa (in my opinion) is to have a balance of flavor and heat. DO NOT adjust the flavor of your salsa with vinegar based hot sauce, I recommend using “Dave’s Insanity Sauce”. Be careful with this stuff, it is not ‘normal’ hot sauce, as you can tell from the price. It is actually made from pepper extract, that’s right, the stuff they make pepper spray with. Have fun, but remember if you make it too hot, you will have to eat all yourself!!

Start out with 2 tablespoons of Dave’s Insanity Sauce. As you add more, you can take the heat up, but I would either add some more corn, brown sugar or bell peppers to counter the heat. Experiment, enjoy and feel the burn!!!

For Columbus, Georgia residents, it is really really hard to find two of these ingredients. The red enchilada sauce. Do not substitute for green salsa, it will not be the same. You can get it in small cans in Mexican sections of grocery stores. The other challenge is finding “Dave’s Insanity Sauce”. The only place that I have been able to find it is at Firehouse Subs.  Please let me know if you find another local location and I will consume and pass on the information.

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