Salsa Taquera

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.

Bowl of Chile de Árbol Salsa (Salsa Taquera)

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.

Ingredients to Make Salsa Taquera

Ingredient List

  • 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • 6 árbol chiles
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 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.

Chopped Tomatoes and Onions in Frying Pan

Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes stirring occasionally.

Browning Tomatoes and Onions in Frying Pan

Add the árbol chile and cook for 1 more minute. Do not cook longer which may make the chiles turn bitter.

Tomatoes, Onion, and Arbol Chile in Frying Pan

This is how the ingredients should look before blending. Browning develops a deep rich flavor.

Browned tomatoes, onion, and garlic in pan on stove.

Add all of the ingredients from the pan to your blender and blend for 30 seconds.

Salsa Taquera Ingredients in Blender Jar

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.

Adding oil to blender jar.

Taste and add salt if needed.

Serve

Serve this salsa as an accompaniment to your favorite tacos. We really like it on carne asada or shredded beef tacos.

Bowl of Salsa Taquera (Salsa de Chile de Árbol)

Alternate names: salsa de chile de árbol, chile de arbol salsa.

Bowl of Salsa Taquera (Salsa de Chile de Arbol)
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Salsa Taquera

Salsa Taquera also known as Salsa de Chile de Árbol, a fiery salsa prepared with tomatoes, garlic, and dried árbol chiles, which is served at taco stands throughout Mexico.
Course Salsa
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy salsa recipe, salsa de chile de árbol recipe, salsa recipe, salsa taquera recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 83kcal
Author Douglas Cullen

Equipment

  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Frying pan
  • Blender
  • Serving bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 dried árbol chiles (pepper)
  • 6 tbsp cooking oil
  • .5 tsp salt + salt to taste as needed

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the tomatoes and onion. Peel the garlic cloves. Remove the stems from the árbol peppers.
  • Preheat a pan with 2 tablespoons cooking oil to medium hot. Add the chopped tomatoes and onions and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add the árbol peppers on cook for 1 minute more.
  • Blend all of the salsa ingredients for 30 seconds. While the salsa is still blending add 4 tablespoons of cooking oil and blend for 1 more minute until the salsa is smooth, shiny, and thick.
  • Taste and add salt if needed.

Notes

You can find the peppers at any supermarket that carries dried chiles.

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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3 comments… add one
  • Erick

    I have been making salsa for many years and don’t recall seeing a sauce like this, perhaps not having taken note. I live in California.

    It’s oniony, it’s a tad spicy, it’s not tomatoey – but it’s delicious! It all comes together well. I can picture it tasting superb with fish, veggies, and chips of course! Thanks for sharing.

    I have tried a few of your recipes with success.

    • Preston Michael Hinds

      This is the salsa we, in central texas, use on our burritos. Usually comes with one bright red and one bright green sauce ( tomatillo sauce). Have been looking for this recipe for ever now. Thanks

  • Sherry

    I have never seen salsa of this consistency. I doubled the garlic, and at least tripled the amount of chiles. I also added a bit of water to make it more blendable. The flavor is ok. Still not sure how I feel about this salsa.

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