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Watermelon Ancho Chile Salsa


Sweet and spicy, this watermelon ancho chili salsa is perfect with grilled chicken, pork or seafood -- or just serve with tortilla chips!

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  • 2 ancho chiles, seeds removed
  • 1/4 small seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch pieces, about 2 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 large beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, with seeds, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt


Servings 8
Preparation time 35mins
Cooking time 35mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Bring chiles and 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit until chiles soften, 25–30 minutes.

Transfer chiles to a blender with a slotted spoon; discard liquid. Add watermelon, tomato, onion, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and blend until smooth; season with salt. Cover and chill.

Do Ahead: Salsa can be made 8 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

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