Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe
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Chile de Arbol Salsa

Will Budiaman

Chile de Arbol Salsa

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Chef David Suarez, culinary director of the Rosa Mexicano restaurants. This mild yet flavorful salsa is sure to be a hit at your next party. — Will Budiaman

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatillos
  • 1 ounce chile de arbol
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Water as needed

Directions

Peel the tomatillos and wash under warm water.

Roast the tomatillos on a sheet pan in the broiler until they are almost blackened on top, turn and do the same thing on the other side. Set aside to cool.

In a dry frying pan, toast the chiles over low heat until they begin to brown. Set aside.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook until browned and cooked through.

In a blender, combine the tomatillos with the chiles and garlic. Blend until pureed. For a chunkier salsa, blend less.

Add salt to taste and a little water to thin the texture to your desired thickness.

Chile Shopping Tip

Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Chile Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.