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Pepper and Tomato Salsa

  • yield: Makes 1 1/2 cups
Photography: Charles Schiller




  • 2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomatillos, husks removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt


  1. Step 1

    Place the chicken stock in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until reduced to 1 cup; set aside. Place poblanos directly on a gas-stove burner over high heat or on a grill. Just as each section turns puffy and black, turn peppers with tongs to prevent overcooking. (If you don't have a gas stove, place peppers on a baking pan, and broil in oven, turning as each side becomes charred.) Transfer to a large bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Let sweat until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Transfer peppers to a work surface. Peel off blackened skin; discard. Halve peppers; discard seeds. Roughly chop; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Roughly chop tomatoes, and set aside. Roughly chop tomatillos, and add to the tomatoes, tossing to combine. Place half of the tomato mixture in a food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside remaining tomato mixture.

  3. Step 3

    Heat olive oil in a large skillet; add scallions and garlic. Saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add processed tomato mixture and reduced stock. Bring to a simmer; add roasted poblanos, oregano, cumin, and salt. Simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Stir in remaining tomato mixture; cook until just softened, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 3 days.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2001