The chilies are an excellent source of vitamin C in this Sassy Salsa if you can withstand their powerful bite!
2 packages dried hot peppers
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon cumin, crushed
2 cloves garlic
1 cup tomato juice
Soak the chile peppers three to four hours in vinegar to cover; drain.
Place into the blender; add remaining ingredients and blend well.
Let set in the refrigerator to cool.
Recipe makes approximately 1 cup.
A study out of Laval University in Quebec found that people who consumed hot red pepper ate less food and burned more calories (probably because the pepper raised their metabolism) than those who didn't. Just remember, more isn't necessarily better - and may leave you with steam coming out of your ears. A quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot pepper sauce should do the trick. Read more about chili peppers...
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