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Chile de Árbol Sauce

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 20 min
  • Servings 10
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by: Adriana Martin
Updated Jul 21, 2017
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  • 2 fresh red tomatoes (preferably globe variety)
  • 3 garlic cloves, grilled
  • 3 chile de árbol peppers
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup luke-warm water
  • Salt to taste


  • 1
    Over a griddle or stove-top grill, roast the tomatoes, garlic, and chili peppers. After the tomatoes have been grilled, remove the skin.
  • 2
    In a blender or food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until mixture resembles a thick sauce. Add the water little by little, to prevent the sauce from over-thinning.
  • 3
    Place in a serving dish and set in the middle of your table for your family and friends to enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    You can use a mortar and pestle instead of a food processor to blend the ingredients.
  • tip 2
    This sauce is also great for seasoning grilled meats, and other Mexican antojitos or appetizers, such as flautas, sopes, and tostadas.

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More About This Recipe

  • Chile de Árbol sauce or salsa taquera is a delicious dressing; just one little spoonful makes a meal much more flavorful. These chili peppers are green first and turn red as they ripen. You can eat them green and freshly cut, but it’s more common to see dehydrated peppers in stores. This variety can be compared with cayenne pepper; it’s very spicy but also very tasty. In the taco stands and restaurants in Mexico, this sauce is very popular and goes well with tacos al pastor and carnes asadas. Here is my recipe inspired by this famous Mexican sauce. Let’s get cooking!
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