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Sweet Pepper Creamy Salsa Recipe

Are you tired of the same old salsa dipping experience? Looking for a dip that adds a creamy twist to your snacking or meals? Look no further than this sweet pepper creamy salsa!

Creamy pepper salsa in a ceramic bowl.

From its smooth texture to its bold flavors, creamy sweet pepper salsa offers a delightful contrast to traditional chunky tomato salsas. But what exactly is creamy salsa, and how can it transform your dishes? Read on to discover how it can become your new favorite dip.

Why I Love Sweet Pepper Creamy Salsa

Tomatoes are traditionally the star of fresh homemade salsa, but this twist on the south-of-the-border classic optimizes the crunch and sweet flavors of your pepper harvest. Bell peppers, mini peppers, banana peppers, or any other sweet pepper can be used in this recipe. If you’d like to add in some heat, diced jalapeños can be added to taste.

I love any dish that helps us use up our sweet pepper harvest. Of course, we love eating fresh peppers in this salsa and our pizza pepper poppers recipe, but we also love to preserve our peppers by freeze-drying them and then using them in recipes like our sweet potato and pepper hash, hearty black bean enchiladas or this flexible frittata recipe!

Creamy pepper salsa in a ceramic bowl.

What Is Creamy Salsa?

If you’re a fan of salsa, you’ve likely tried the traditional chunky version with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and spices. But sweet pepper creamy salsa offers a unique twist on the classic, thanks to the incorporation of sweet peppers and a smooth and velvety sauce.

Creamy salsa is made by incorporating creamy ingredients such as sour cream or Greek yogurt into a traditional salsa recipe. These additions make a fantastic dip.

Creamy pepper salsa in a ceramic bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Once you have prepared the creamy salsa, you may be wondering how to best enjoy this dip. Here are some of our favorite serving suggestions:

  • Tacos and Taco Salads – This salsa pairs perfectly with tacos or a taco salad. Simply drizzle the creamy salsa over your salad and toss to distribute the flavors evenly. It adds a burst of tanginess that elevates the overall taste experience.
  • Burritos and Enchiladas – These black bean enchiladas are the perfect combination of hearty black beans, cheese, and green chiles, all enveloped in a thick, tangy enchilada sauce. They are delicious all on their own or served with a dollop of sweet pepper creamy salsa on top.
  • Fajitas – Making beef tongue fajitas (or Fajitas de Lengua) is a delicious way to add nutritious organ meats to your diet. Served with sweet pepper creamy salsa, this recipe can’t be beat!
  • Chicken Delight – Take your chicken dishes to the next level by incorporating this creamy salsa as a dressing or marinade. Whether you’re grilling, baking, or sautéing chicken, adding a dollop of creamy salsa helps create a juicy and flavorful result. It also works wonderfully as a dip for breaded chicken tenders.
  • Party Dip – When hosting a gathering or potluck, this creamy salsa is sure to be a hit amongst your guests. Serve it with a variety of chips and crudité for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
  • Appetizers – Try stuffing peppers or mushrooms with this creamy salsa for a bite-sized appetizer.
  • Scrambled Eggs – With a constant supply of farm-fresh eggs coming in, the classic scrambled eggs recipe is a standard for homesteaders. Keep them from getting boring by serving with a dollop of sweet pepper creamy salsa!
Corn being added to a bowl of chopped peppers and onions.

Tips for Perfect Creamy Salsa

Creating the perfect creamy salsa requires a delicate balance of flavors and textures. With these expert tips, you’ll be able to achieve a delicious dip that will elevate your snacking and meal experiences.

Tips for Perfect Creamy Salsa
Proportions Matter – When making creamy salsa, it’s important to get the ingredient proportions just right. Start with a base of vegetables, then gradually add your desired amount of creamy dressing. This will ensure a creamy consistency that doesn’t overpower the other flavors.
Season to Taste – Seasoning is an essential part of creating a flavorful creamy salsa. Taste as you go and adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and spices to suit your preference. Remember, it’s always better to start with less seasoning and add more gradually.
Chill for Maximum Flavor – After preparing your creamy salsa, refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. This chilling time will enhance the taste and texture, making your salsa even more enjoyable.
Get Creative with Add-Ins – While traditional creamy salsa is delicious on its own, don’t be afraid to get creative with add-ins. Consider incorporating diced avocado, roasted corn, tomatillos, or even black beans for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
Store and Serve – Store your creamy salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Before serving, give it a quick stir to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed. Serve chilled and enjoy!
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In the Homestead Kitchen

This recipe was featured in the In the Homestead Kitchen Magazine issue No. 13 Sweet Peppers. You can subscribe here if you would like access to this beautifully designed monthly digital magazine full of recipes, DIY tutorials, and homesteading tips and stories to inspire and guide you in your kitchen.

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Onions being added to a bowl of chopped peppers.

Supplies Needed

Preparing this creamy salsa requires a few simple supplies and equipment to ensure a smooth and delicious result.

  • Two Mixing Bowls – You will need to mix the sauce separately from the vegetables before mixing them together.
  • Spatula – A silicone spatula or wooden spoon works best to mix the ingredients without bruising the vegetables.
  • Storage Container – This salsa goes quickly, so don’t be surprised if you don’t have leftovers. If you do, always store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Food Processor – Blending in a food processor or blender is an optional step if you prefer your salsa to have a smooth consistency.
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Ingredients Needed

To make a delicious and creamy salsa, you’ll need a handful of fresh ingredients:

  • Sweet Peppers, Diced (approximately 4 Cups) – You can use red, orange, yellow or a combination of all colors to enhance the aesthetic appeal.
  • Red Onion – Learn to grow onions from seed here.
  • Cilantro – Learn how easy it is to grow cilantro here.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh lime juice is recommended, but 2 Tablespoons of bottled lime juice can be substituted in a pinch. Learn how to preserve limes so you have fresh lime juice any time of year.
  • Salt – We use Redmond Real Salt (Use that link and coupon code “HFSalt” at checkout for 15% off your order!)
  • Sour Cream – If preferred, you can substitute a high-quality Greek yogurt.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – If you don’t have red wine vinegar on hand, you can substitute ACV or this apple scrap vinegar.
  • Ground Cumin – If you don’t have cumin on hand, 1⁄2 teaspoon of coriander can be substituted.
  • Chili Powder – Use mild or hot chili powder according to your taste preference.
  • Garlic Powder – If you prefer the flavor of fresh garlic, use one clove finely minced or 1⁄2 teaspoon of freeze-dried garlic.
  • Optional Add-Ins – 1 cup of cooked black beans and/or fresh or frozen corn kernels.
  • Tortilla Chips – For serving.

How to Make Sweet Pepper Creamy Salsa

  1. In a large bowl, combine peppers, onion, and optional beans or corn.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining ingredients to create the dressing and stir until fully combined.
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and gently stir to coat.
  4. If desired, transfer to a food processor and blend to the desired consistency.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients, make a batch of creamy salsa, and get ready to dive in with your preferred dippers.

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Creamy pepper salsa in a ceramic bowl.

Sweet Pepper Creamy Salsa

This sweet pepper creamy salsa will be your new appetizer favorite! Sweet peppers paired with the classic salsa ingredients, mixed with a creamy dressing, make for a fun twist on a classic dip.
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 46kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Equipment

  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • spatula or wooden spoon
  • Storage Container
  • Food Processor optional

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Sweet peppers diced
  • 1 medium Red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine peppers, onion, and optional beans or corn.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining ingredients to create the dressing and stir until fully combined.
  • Pour dressing over vegetables and gently stir to coat.
  • If desired, transfer to a food processor and blend to the desired consistency.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Notes

Serving Suggestions

Once you have prepared the creamy salsa, you may be wondering how to best enjoy this dip. Here are some of our favorite serving suggestions:
  • Tacos and Taco Salads – This salsa pairs perfectly with tacos or a taco salad. Simply drizzle the creamy salsa over your salad and toss to distribute the flavors evenly. It adds a burst of tanginess that elevates the overall taste experience.
  • Burritos and Enchiladas – These black bean enchiladas are the perfect combination of hearty black beans, cheese, and green chiles, all enveloped in a thick, tangy enchilada sauce. They are delicious all on their own or served with a dollop of sweet pepper creamy salsa on top.
  • Fajitas – Making beef tongue fajitas (or Fajitas de Lengua) is a delicious way to add nutritious organ meats to your diet. Served with sweet pepper creamy salsa, this recipe can’t be beat!
  • Chicken Delight – Take your chicken dishes to the next level by incorporating this creamy salsa as a dressing or marinade. Whether you’re grilling, baking, or sautéing chicken, adding a dollop of creamy salsa helps create a juicy and flavorful result. It also works wonderfully as a dip for breaded chicken tenders.
  • Party Dip – When hosting a gathering or potluck, this creamy salsa is sure to be a hit amongst your guests. Serve it with a variety of chips and crudité for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
  • Appetizers – Try stuffing peppers or mushrooms with this creamy salsa for a bite-sized appetizer.
  • Scrambled Eggs – With a constant supply of farm-fresh eggs coming in, the classic scrambled eggs recipe is a standard for homesteaders. Keep them from getting boring by serving with a dollop of sweet pepper creamy salsa!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2028IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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