Taqueria Style Salsa with Árbol Chile
Salsa Taquera, a tomato based, fiery, garlicky salsa prepared with dried árbol peppers. This type of salsa is served at taco stands throughout Mexico. It’s a good one.
The finished salsa will be shiny, smooth, and thick with a beautiful orange color. It only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. Let’s get started.
Gather Your Ingredients
If you cook Mexican food regular you probably have all the ingredients on hand: plum tomatoes, garlic, árbol peppers, oil, and salt. You can find the peppers at any supermarket that carries dried chiles
If you cook Mexican food regular you probably have all the ingredients on hand: plum tomatoes, garlic, árbol peppers, oil, and salt. You can find the peppers at any supermarket that carries dried chiles 🌶️.
- 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes
- 1 white onion
- 6 árbol chiles
- 3 cloves garlic
- 6 tablespoons oil
- ½ teaspoon of salt + as needed
If you prefer a milder salsa reduce the number of chiles by half.
How to Make
Roughly chop the tomatoes and onions. Peel the garlic and remove the stems from the chiles.
Preheat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Cook the tomatoes and onions for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the árbol chile and cook for 1 more minute. Do not cook longer which may make the chiles turn bitter.
This is how the ingredients should look before blending. Browning develops a deep rich flavor.
Add all of the ingredients from the pan to your blender and blend for 30 seconds.
While the salsa is blending add the oil to the blender and blend for 1 more minute until the salsa has a smooth thick consistency.
Taste and add salt if needed.
Serve this salsa 🌶️ as an accompaniment to your favorite tacos. We really like it on carne asada or shredded beef tacos.
Alternate names: salsa 🌶️ de chile de árbol, chile de arbol salsa.
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