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Salsa Criolla (Creole Barbecue Sauce)

There are many variations on this Creole barbecue sauce from Argentina, but this is my favorite. It is served with grilled, roasted, or barbecued meats and seafood. Variation: Add 1 bell pepper and 1 jalapeño, both seeded and minced.

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Creole Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ají chile powder or substitute New Mexican red chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine the chile powder and the mustard with a little vinegar to make a paste. Add the rest of the vinegar and the olive oil and beat with a whisk.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well, and allow to sit for 2 hours to blend the flavors.

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