Serious Heat: Chipotle-Bacon Salsa

Editor's note: Gretchen VanEsselstyn of Chile Pepper Magazine, will be dropping by each week with a recipe for heat freaks. This week, though, in honor of the Super Bowl, she'll have a recipe a day before the big game.

Where there's chipotle, there's smoke. These medium-hot, flame-licked, ex-jalapeños are the greatest convenience food we know--widely available in canned form, they come with the bonus of spreadable, fiery adobo sauce. Our salsa was inspired by the affinity between smoked pork belly--otherwise known as bacon--and the campfirelike flavor of chipotles. Raise your hand if you dunk your grilled cheese in ketchup. Yup, we do too. But this salsa may change your ways.

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Serious Heat: Chipotle-Bacon Salsa

About This Recipe

Yield:1 cup; zest factor: medium
This recipe appears in: Last-Minute Cinco de Mayo Recipes


  • 1/4 pound slab bacon, rind removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle purée
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Freshly ground pepper


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    Chop the bacon into 1/4-inch cubes. In a frying pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the bacon, lower the heat, and cook over medium-low heat for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the pan, and drain well on paper towels. Drain tomatoes, then place in a bowl, and toss with onion and chipotle purée. Stir in drained bacon pieces, lime juice and pepper, and serve.

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