spicy dried red chile salsa

dried chile salsa recipe

This is a smoky, spicy, brightly flavored, and infinitely adaptable dried chile salsa. It gets better in the fridge and is the best make-ahead appetizer!




  1. Heat an un-greased skillet over medium heat. Add chiles and garlic and cook, turning often to prevent burning, until garlic softens and chiles are fragrant (they shouldn’t darken much), about 2 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  2. Remove the stems from the chiles, discard about half the seeds and break up into the blender (see note). Peel garlic and add it to the blender, along with water and salt. Blend on high speed until peppers are pureed, 1- 2 minutes. 
  3. Add onion and tomatoes and blend again until mostly smooth (some texture is good). Taste and add more salt, if needed. Serve with tortilla chips.



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