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3-chile spicy red salsa

This easy to make spicy red salsa uses the complex flavors of three different dried chiles that pack a robust flavor and a spicy kick.

Hi friends! How are we all doing out there? I hope you’re staying safe and cooking up some yummy meals.

Dave and I have been keeping pretty busy with a lot of yard work, trying to prove to each other that we’re definitely doing more dishes than the other one, and yes – cookin’ up a storm.

On the cooking front, I decided to make this salsa because I had some dried chiles leftover from making mole ages ago and I didn’t want them to go to waste.

I adapted this recipe from an epicurious post just using the peppers I had on hand – so I was anxious as to whether it would turn out or not – but whaddya know, it turned out FAB!

It reminded me of the salsa I’ve been missing from our local taquerias – deep and rich in flavor with a nice spicy zing. We ended up using every last drop of it on carnitas tacos, on chips, on eggs – basically anywhere we could dollop it on, we did. 😀

I’m sure you can also use this method to make a variety of different salsas with different peppers, so if you have any on hand, give it a go!

Now, to make another batch…

Dried Red Chili Salsa

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

1.5 oz dried chiles de árbol
.75 oz dried mulato chile
.75 oz dried pasilla chile
1 medium white onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/3 cup distilled white vinegar

First, toast the chiles in a dry skillet over high heat for about 3 minutes – do in batches as to not crowd the pan if needed. Turn these often, and keep an eye on them as they burn QUICK! Remove from the pan once they are fragrant.

Dry chilis toasting in a skillet

Let the chiles cool slightly, then remove the stems and seeds.

Next, put the chiles, onion, garlic, salt, and 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until very soft, about 20-25 minutes.

Dried Chilis in saucepan of water cooking

Purée the chile mixture (do not drain) in a blender until smooth. Then strain the salsa into a medium bowl and finally add the vinegar. Mix well, and get ready to make everything taste like magic with this yummy salsa y’all!

Cheers guys – be back soon with another recipe, I’m on a roll! 😉

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