Taste of Home and Food.com both offer recipes for picante sauce, which is a type of Mexican sauce that is smoother in texture than a traditional salsa, though the basic ingredients and flavors are similar. The major flavors in a picante sauce are tomatoes, onions, peppers and various spices.
Taste of Home's picante sauce starts with several ingredients being combined in a blender including one can of drained diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup of chopped onion, 1/2 cup of minced cilantro, one jalapeno pepper and 3 tablespoons of lime juice. Spice the mixture up with 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of grated lime peel and five drops of hot pepper sauce. Blend the ingredients together until the sauce has a smooth, liquid texture.
Food.com offers a recipe that emulates Pace picante sauce. This recipe starts with all ingredients being combined in a pot over medium high heat until it boils. This includes one 28 ounce can of tomato sauce, 28 ounces of water, 1 medium, minced yellow onion, and two seeded and minced jalapeno peppers. In addition, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of dried onion flakes and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the pot. After the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let cook for 30 minutes or until thick.