Oaxacan Guacachile Salsa

Guacachile is a traditional salsa from Oaxaca. Even though the name sounds like guacamole and it shares a similar creamy green appearance, it has no avocados in it. The salsa is creamy from the oil used to fry the jalapeno peppers. It’s hot for sure, and is phenomenal with tacos.

Salsa Guacachile- Oaxacan Green Jalapeno Pepper Salsa

The trick to achieve the creaminess, color and texture of an avocado guacamole with using avocado is in the ingredients used, especially by using oil to fry the jalapenos then whipping it in a process very similar to that of mayonnaise. Leave in pepper's seeds and pith if you like it hot. Remove both for a slightly less intense salsa.
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Course: Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican, Oaxacan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • small saucepan
  • Food Processor or blender


  • ¾ cup Vegetable oil (not olive oil)
  • 10 medium Jalapeno peppers, stems removed and halved lengthways
  • 2 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • ¼ large Onion, roughly chopped
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • Combine cold oil, jalapenos, garlic, and onion in a small saucepan. Set heat to low and cook until onions and pepper begin to soften but aren't cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Pour everything into a food processor or blender and process until whipped and smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


Calories: 1501kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 164g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 94g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1510IU | Vitamin C: 169mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.5mg