Chile de Arbol Salsa

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Chile de Arbol Salsa
Jeanine Thurston

The smoky flavor of this salsa pairs well with beef, and my mom always serves it alongside her brisket. In fact, I can always count on finding this salsa in her refrigerator. She and I like very spicy salsas, and we love the intensity of this one.  

4
Servings
132
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
2 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon canola oil
  • 20 chiles de arbol, stemmed
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Cup canned, peeled whole tomatoes
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon salt

Directions

Add the canola oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the chiles and toast for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly so the chiles are fried well and change color. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2 minutes, again stirring constantly.

Transfer the fried ingredients to a food processor or blender and add the whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, and salt. Purée until salsa is smooth with specks of chiles. Add salt to taste. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Serve as a salsa dip or to top off your favorite tacos or tostadas.

Chile de arbol salsa can be stored in the refrigerator 3 to 5 days, or frozen for many weeks.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
4%
Sugar
16g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.2g
1.1%
Protein
6g
11%
Carbs
27g
9%
Vitamin A
132µg
15%
Vitamin B6
1mg
65%
Vitamin C
337mg
100%
Vitamin E
3mg
15%
Vitamin K
36µg
44%
Calcium
66mg
7%
Fiber
6g
23%
Folate (food)
65µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
65µg
16%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
68mg
17%
Monounsaturated
0.8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
19%
Phosphorus
130mg
19%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
1039mg
30%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
15.9%
Sodium
841mg
35%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
35.4%
Zinc
0.8mg
5.5%

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