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Chiapas Style Salsa
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This recipe consists of a simple salsa because few ingredients are used in its preparation and it is also important to highlight that it has an interesting thick consistency. The Chiapas style salsa is known as “pilico salsa", although this is a name that is only used in Chiapas.

In the preparation basically the Simojovle chilies are combined with pumpkin seeds.
The salsa’s texture is unmistakable and its flavor is very spicy .

– The Simojovel pepper is a chili that is only grown in Chiapas it is of small size, its color is reddish and it has conical shape. The name that was assigned to the chili is due to its place of origin, the municipality of Simojovel, Chiapas.

The people from Chiapas use this salsa a lot in any dish that has
beans or that it is made with beans. Although it can also be used in dishes that have pork or chicken.

About the Recipe

  • It is easy to make the salsa, just a bit laborious.
  • Possibly the most complicated thing is to get the Simojovel peppers, if you don’t find them substitute them for 3 arbol peppers (.5 oz) or 8 pequin peppers (.5 oz).
  • The pumpkin seeds that are used in the recipe must not have neither shell nor salt.
  • The salsa is thicken with corn starch and it cannot be substituted for maize flour.
  • 10 minutes are enough to make the salsa.
  • The recipe is for 2 cups.


  • 4 Simojovel Peppers (.5 oz)
  • 1 cup of Pumpkin Seeds (5.2 oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Corn Starch
  • 1 cup of Chicken Stock (8.4 fl oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Griddle
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Tongs
  • 1 Turner

  • Directions

    1. Put on a griddle over medium heat 4 Simojovel peppers and roast them for approximately 1 minute, until all their sides are moderately roasted; move them regularly with some tongs.

    Don’t roast the chilies for a long time because their flavor becomes bitter.

    1. Transfer from the griddle to a blender, with the tongs, the chilies that were roasted. Also add in the blender:

    1. Blend very well the ingredients.
    2. Put in a saucepan:
    • The Mixture that was blended.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Corn Starch.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix the ingredients that were put in the saucepan and bring the Chiapas style salsa to a boil over medium heat; stir constantly.
    2. Cook the Chiapas style salsa for about 3 minutes, until it thickens; stir occasionally.

    Tradition from Chiapas

    Recommendation: The Simojovel peppers also form part of the wild tomatillos salsa.

    Did you like the Pilico Salsa?

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    Additional Info

    This is the corn starch that is needed to make the salsa.

    These pumpkin seeds are ready to be used in the salsa.

    Would you like to prepare the salsa in clay saucepan?

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