Salsa Guajillo Recipe

Salsa Guajillo Recipe
Staff Writer

Adriann Buchanan


Chef Bernie McDonough serves this salsa recipe with his Enchiladas de Cerdo Guajillo at the Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende. 


  • 12 guajillo chiles, stemmed and deseeded
  • 2 chiles de arbol (optional for more heat)
  • 8 large ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced, peeled apple, preferably a sweet varietal like Fuji or Gala
  • ½ white onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon toasted whole cumin seeds
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss chiles, tomatoes, apple, onion, and garlic in vegetable oil and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Place the roasted ingredients in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and then add the cumin and orange juice and simmer over low heat until all ingredients are tender. Blend on high in a blender until smooth, and then season again to taste. 

Salsa Shopping Tip

How hot is that chile pepper? Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Salsa 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.