If you love Mexican food, salsa is a great way to liven up any dish. And with so many different salsa options available, there’s bound to be one that will pair well with dinner.
However, sometimes when you make salsa, it ends up much spicier than intended.
Any pepper you use can vary in how hot it is. For example, if you’re using jalapenos, these can be mild or spicy, and there’s no way to tell before you use them.
So if you end up with a spicy jalapeno, your salsa will probably give you that burning feeling in your mouth.
However, fear not! There are lots of different methods out there to make a hot salsa milder.
To make a salsa less spicy, you can dilute it by adding non-spicy ingredients, like tomatoes, onion, or cilantro. Or, you can make a second batch of salsa without any jalapenos. Combine this with the old batch to make it half as spicy.
There are many types of salsa, so read on for tips to make all different kinds less spicy!
- How to Make Homemade Salsa Less Spicy
- How to Make Salsa Verde Less Spicy
- How to Make Jalapeno Salsa Less Spicy
- How to Make Guacamole Salsa Less Spicy
- How to Make Hot Salsa Less Spicy
- What to Add to Make Salsa Less Spicy
- Final Thoughts
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How to Make Homemade Salsa Less Spicy
You have the most control over the spiciness of your salsa if you make it yourself. To make homemade salsa less spicy, try using half as many jalapenos or serranos as the recipe states.
Remove the veins, seeds, and pith to any pepper before adding it to your salsa. These parts contain most of the capsaicin, which makes a pepper spicy.
If you want milder salsa, avoid these pepper parts at all costs.
If you already have a spicy homemade salsa, adding non-spicy ingredients will fix it. Consider adding fruit if you want some sweetness.
Mango and pineapple are two popular fruits that go great with spicy salsa and help cool it down.
Fruit salsas go incredibly well with fish. In my experience, I love to add mango or pineapple to any salsa when I am making white fish grilled tacos.
Fruit with a fried fish taco is good too because it adds some freshness to a heavier dish.
If you don’t want to add too many ingredients to your salsa, try adding some acidity. These ingredients can change the flavor of your salsa, so add them a little bit at a time.
If you like citrus salsa, you can add lime or lemon. Add some distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar if you like vinegar salsa.
If you want the flavor of your current salsa to stay exactly the same, make another batch of the same salsa without any spicy ingredients (jalapeno, serrano, or any other pepper called for). Combine this new salsa with your old salsa.
If you have too much salsa after combining the two batches, cook it over the stove for 60 minutes.
This will take out some water and thicken your salsa, condensing it to a smaller amount. However, giving extra salsa to a neighbor is a great way to make a new friend!
Homemade salsa can go bad if left on the counter for too long. To avoid food poisoning, don’t leave your salsa out for more than two hours.
Always pop your salsa back in the fridge before you go on any ingredient runs to the grocery store.
If you know you need to keep your salsa out for a bit, there are tips and tricks you can do to keep it out for longer and still remain fresh.
How to Make Salsa Verde Less Spicy
Salsa verde is a popular green salsa, but it can be really spicy because of the fresh serranos and jalapenos.
An easy way to make your salsa verde less spicy is by using canned green chiles instead of fresh serranos or jalapenos. Canned chiles tend to be less spicy, so your salsa will stay milder.
Note: The shelf life of canned chiles is much longer than a fresh jalapeno or serrano. The shelf life of a canned chile is 2-5 years.
If you want to make salsa but aren’t sure when you can get to it, buying canned chiles is the perfect option!
Once you open a can of chilis, refrigerate any leftovers and use them within 3-4 days. If you need any more info on how to store peppers, read more in this article.
However, if you’ve already made your salsa verde and it’s too spicy for you, you can dilute it by adding more cooked tomatillos.
Tomatillos are what make salsa verde green and they’re pretty mild. Add more cilantro, onion, and lime juice as well to keep your salsa flavorful but less spicy.
You can also make a creamy salsa verde instead. For this, use the spicy salsa you already made and add sour cream or plain yogurt and a pitted avocado.
These two mild ingredients will cool down the heat in your salsa verde.
How to Make Jalapeno Salsa Less Spicy
If you want to make jalapeno salsa less spicy, roast the jalapenos before using them. This breaks down the capsaicin in the peppers, making them milder.
You can also grill your jalapenos to remove the heat and add a nice smokey flavor.
However, if you’ve already prepared your salsa and it’s making a little fire in your mouth, add some cucumber or avocado.
This might change the flavor of your jalapeno salsa a little bit, but you can curb that by only adding a teaspoon at a time. That way, you won’t go too far.
How to Make Guacamole Salsa Less Spicy
Guacamole salsa tends to be milder because of the avocados but can still turn out spicy depending on the pepper you use.
Serranos tend to be the hottest, so if you want it to be less spicy, try using an anaheim chili or jalapeno instead.
However, even jalapenos can be hot, so if your guacamole salsa turns out too spicy, you can add sweetness to curb the heat. Add a little bit of sugar, honey, or agave to neutralize your spicy salsa.
Be careful with adding sugar because you end up with sweet salsa if you add too much.
If you like this, great, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. To play it safe, only add a quarter teaspoon of salsa at a time. Be sure to do a taste test before adding any more.
If you’re worried you might accidentally add too much sugar, try adding more acidity instead.
A great option is tomato paste. This acid can neutralize the salsa’s heat, and it can create a smoother consistency as well.
Since guacamole salsa is already smooth, the tomato paste can blend in easily with an already made salsa.
How to Make Hot Salsa Less Spicy
Sometimes, when you buy hot salsa, it can be a little misleading and end up being super hot.
A surprising hack to make hot salsa less spicy is adding fried onions. Fat helps break up the capsaicin coating in spicy dishes, so you won’t get that burning sensation.
If you don’t want to make your own fried onions, you can purchase fried onions at the grocery store.
How to Make Store-Bought Salsa Less Spicy
If you already bought salsa at the grocery store, but it’s too spicy for you, don’t throw it away!
You can use another ingredient you already have in your fridge, like sour cream, and add a little bit at a time until the store-bought salsa is mild enough for you to eat with chips or tacos.
If one person in your family loves spicy salsa, but the other loves mild, buying spicy salsa and diluting only half of it is a great way to make everyone happy.
Pour half in a small container and add some acid, sugar, or non-spicy ingredients until you get your desired mild salsa.
What to Add to Make Salsa Less Spicy
Luckily, there are tons of ingredients you can add to make salsa less spicy. Odds are, you have one of them lying around your house!
Here are different ones you can add to make your salsa less spicy.
- Acidic ingredients: lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or distilled white vinegar.
- Vegetables: tomato, onion, cilantro, tomatillos, cucumber, or avocado.
- Fruit: mango, pineapple, watermelon, peach, honeydew, or cantaloupe.
- Sweeteners: sugar, honey, or agave.
- Cream/Fat: fried onions, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
Any of the ingredients above may change how your salsa tastes. Add a little bit at a time to ensure your salsa is less spicy and that you’re still happy with the flavor.
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It’s easy to accidentally make a salsa too spicy or purchase a salsa that’s hotter than you thought it would be at the grocery store. But making a salsa less spicy is not hard at all.
Salsa is too spicy because of the excessive capsaicin in some peppers. You can make your homemade salsa less spicy by choosing a milder pepper to begin with (like an anaheim chili) and removing the vein, seeds, and pith before adding it to your recipe.
However, if you have already made your salsa too spicy, add more non-spicy ingredients like tomato, onion, or cilantro. If you like fruit, you can add that to your salsa.
Any fat works great at coating the heat from capsaicin. Try adding fried onions, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
There’s never a reason to throw away salsa. If your salsa is too spicy, you can try any of the methods above to make it more to your liking.
My name is Keren Tayler. I am a stay-at-home mama to three lovely girls, Sarah + Rachel + Hannah. Prior to becoming a mom, I had a successful career in the accounting field, steps away from becoming a CPA. I decided to give up on my career in order to raise my own kids (as opposed to letting a nancy do it, no judgment here) I learned a lot and I love sharing it with other moms. Along the way, I also became a Certified Food Handler.