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Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe
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Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

This chile de arbol salsa recipe is made with dried chile de arbol peppers and a few other fresh flavor-building ingredients. It's definitely hot and spicy! Great for tacos, the ultimate salsa roja.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salsa
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: chile de arbol, game day, salsa
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 8kcal

Ingredients

FOR CHILE DE ARBOL SALSA WITH DRIED PEPPERS

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ounce dried chile de arbol peppers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup packed cilantro (optional)
  • Juice from 1 small fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons water for thinning, as desired

FOR CHILE DE ARBOL SALSA WITH FRESH PEPPERS

  • 5 ounces fresh chile de arbol peppers stems and seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces onion
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ¼ cup packed cilantro (optional)
  • Juice from 1 small fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons water for thinning, as desired

Instructions

FOR CHILE DE ARBOL SALSA WITH DRIED PEPPERS

  • Bring 4 cups water to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chile de arbol peppers. Removing the seeds is optional for a smoother, less seedy salsa.
  • Dry toast the chile de arbol peppers in a dry pan, about a minute per side. This will help loosen them and release their natural oils.
  • Add the toasted peppers to a bowl and cover with the very hot water. Soak them for 15 minutes, or until the peppers are softened. You may need to stir a bit to make sure all of the peppers are submerged.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 4-5 minutes to soften. Add the garlic and cook another minute, until you can smell the garlic. Add it to a food processor or blender.
  • Add the rehydrated peppers to the food processor or blender along with the onion, garlic, cilantro (if using), lime juice and salt.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust with salt and a few splashes of water for a thinner salsa.

FOR CHILE DE ARBOL SALSA WITH FRESH PEPPERS

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Cool and serve.

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Notes

Makes about 1 cup of salsa.
NOTE: You can enjoy the salsa right away, but it is better if you transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate at least 2 hours to let the flavors mingle. Overnight is best.
Heat Factor: HOT. Chile de arbol peppers have a nice level of heat. Enjoy! To dilute the heat, try adding fresh tomatoes to your salsa.
Storage: Keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a month, or in the freezer for 6 months.
Calories estimated with dried pods.

Nutrition

Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg