So this past Sunday I tackled a dish (in my pajamas!!) that I have been getting requests for, ever since I started my little online, Texas recipe universe…
It’s Candlelite Inn’s Green Salsa, a secret salsa, only served to those who know to ask for it.
BEHOLD! This tangy, bright green dip/condiment is served only to those in the know, at an old school, Tex-Mex, hole-in-the-wall near Cowboy’s Stadium called Candlelite Inn, which I previously wrote about here.
Around town it’s called the green sauce or the green salsa, but despite local vernacular, I think it’s best described as a heavily diced jalapeno escabeche.
Now escabeche means different things around the world, but in Tex-Mex cookery an escabeche is a mixture of bite-sized jalapeno, carrot, onion, and garlic, marinated in vinegar infused with mexican oregano and salt. It’s like a pickle, but the best escabeche vegetables still have a good fresh snap to them when you bite in. In fact, my favorite restaurant escabeches are all made fresh daily.
This green sauce uses a high-quality Mexican brand of pickled jalapeno, which always includes escabeche. Just remember, you have to seek out the Mexican brands to get the little slices of carrot and onion in the can.
To this we add 2 raw jalapenos for the fiery, fresh heat, and blend well.
Serve this relish/salsa/dippity-dunkin-goodness with corn chips, or alongside smothered burritos, chimichangas, and even sliced brisket.