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Pretzel Bites with a Kick! Adding fresh 505 Southwestern salsa right in the dough makes these pretzel bites really special. Dip in queso for the ultimate snack. #505southwestern #salsa #pretzels
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505 Southwestern® Tomatillo Salsa Pretzel Bites

Simple Pretzel Bites filled with fresh Tomatillo Garlic and Lime Salsa.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rise Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: 505 Southwestern, Appetizer, Salsa
Servings: 48 Bites


For the Dough

  • 1 C 505 Southwestern® Tomatillo Garlic and Lime Salsa more or less to taste - see note
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast or one packet
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 3 - 3 1/2 C all-purpose flour

Water Bath

  • 5 C water
  • 1/4 C baking soda


  • 1 egg whisked
  • kosher salt for sprinkling on top

Serve With

  • 505 Southwestern® Green Chile Queso for dipping


  • In a bowl or glass measuring cup combine salsa and water and heat until warm but not hot (about 110°F).
  • In a stand mixer combine heated salsa water mixture, yeast and sugar. Allow yeast to "bloom" about 5 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low fitted with the dough hook, add salt and flour a half cup at a time until dough forms a ball and is no longer sticky to the touch.
  • Cover bowl with a cloth or plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  • Combine water and baking soda in a large dutch oven or pot. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • While water is coming to a boil, divide dough into 4 equal balls.
  • Roll out dough with your hands into a long "snake".
  • Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut dough into 2 inch segments.
  • Continue cutting until all dough is now in bite size pieces.
  • Drop 5 pieces into the baking soda bath for 10 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon, placing them on the parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Continue with remaining pieces.
  • Gently brush bites with egg wash and generously sprinkle with kosher salt.
  • Bake at 425°F for 13-15 minutes or until a deep golden brown (like soft pretzels).
  • Serve these warm with 505 Queso.


*If you prefer the bites with a bit more of a "kick" then omit water and use 1 1/2 C salsa instead.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, place in the microwave until warm and then place in the broiler for 2 minutes to add a little crunch.