DescriptionJust another classic salsa. Chile de arbol is a very potent, hot chili. They are bright red in color with green stalks. Some times a substitute for Cayenne pepper. This is a very authentic salsa, simple to make. Goes great on just about everything. For lovers of very very hot salsas!


  • 24 chiles de arbol
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Sweat the onions, garlic clove (whole, no skin), and chiles in oil over medium heat.
  • Be careful not to burn the chiles.
  • When the chiles are pliable and slightly browned and the onions and garlic are softened, transfer them to a blender.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and puree.
  • When it stops making progress, add another 1/4 cup of water and continue to puree.
  • When it appears to be fully blended, add the final 1/4 cup of water and the salt and puree, stopping to scrape down the sides until the salsa is as smooth as possible.
  • Makes about 3/4 cup.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4


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