Grandma Skerston’s Secret Salsa


  • 4 serrano chile peppers, chopped, or more to taste
  • 4 green onions, chopped, or more to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (such as Contadina)
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 1 pinch lemon pepper, or to taste


Process serrano peppers, green onions, and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add roma tomatoes and cilantro; pulse until desired consistency is reached. Transfer tomato mixture to a large bowl.

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Stir crushed tomatoes into tomato mixture. Add sugar and lemon pepper to salsa and stir to combine.