Roasted Green and Red Salsas


On my last post I announced that this month’s Homemade challenge was salsas. There are many kinds of different salsas in Mexico, but the most popular ones are red salsa made with dried chiles and tomatoes and green salsa made with fresh chiles and tomatillos. When you eat at traditional Mexican restaurants, taquerias, torterias, fair booths or any other place tha serves authentic Mexican food, you are always able to choose between the two (plus any other specialty of the house). At my parents’ fonda part of the morning prep was to make a big batch of each salsa for the day. Two bowls of salsa (one of each) were served for every table, according to the traditional Mexican way.


Roasting these salsa ingredients before blending them will enhance the flavor significantly. But you can also used them raw to give the salsa a taste of freshness. Here are the recipes for these two salsas:


Salsa Verde

The ingredients:

  • 1lb tomatillos
  • 2 jalapeno chiles
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • handful cilantro
  • salt

The how-to:

  1. On the grill or a iron cast skillet over medium high heat roast tomatillos, chiles and garlic. Turn ingredients a couple of times to roast them evenly.
  2. Blend with the rest of the ingredients for 1-2 minutes and cool down before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Salsa Roja

The ingredients:

  • 2-3 large fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • dried chile (the amount will depend of the kind of pepper you are using and how spicy you want your salsa to be. For this salsa I used ghost peppers that I received from Marx Foods. They are very hot so I only used one. Be sure to know how hot the peppers you are getting are and be very careful when handling them)
  • 2 TBSP vinegar
  • salt

The how-to:

  1. In an iron-cast skillet over medium-high heat roast garlic and dried pepper (make sure your kitchen is well ventilated before this step)
  2. Cut tomatos in quarters and blend with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

All homemade salsa recipes, no matter how mild or hot, are welcomed this month that we are celebrating Mexican cuisine. Also remember that heidileon is having a Mexican Fiesta on her blog for the same reason so you can send your Mexican food creations over to her.

¡Buen provecho!


  • Those salsas sound and look fantastic!!!!! Great pictures as usual.

  • Your salsas look absolutely delicious! I happen to love salsa so much that I'm doing a salsa series on my blog! So far, I've posted recipes for Guajillo Salsa, Avocado Salsa, and Fire Roasted Salsa.

    • Very nice! I'd love to see all those salsas 😀

  • Wish I could have a few bottles of each. These sound great!

  • A wonderful start to your event Ben. Your salsas sound delicious and look even better.

  • Looks Awesome!! Salsa Roja is our favorite, & was planning to do some with my yard grown tomatoes!

  • As usual, I love your photos, especially the photo of the jalapeños. I love making homemade salsa. I should have participated in this challenge. I had made two or three batches of pico de gallo and salsa roja but didn't take any photos of them.

  • *I meant to say that I should participate (not "should have participated").

  • A wonderful choice! i always make salsas at home, will try and send my entry!

  • Love the first shot of the 2 bottled salsas! I have a plantain salsa for you which I'll be posting tomorrow. Hope you like it.

  • Beautiful, homemade are the best !!!!!

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