Salsa Roja Picante – Mexican Spicy Red Sauce

Salsa roja picante is a type of spicy red sauce in Mexican cuisine. It is made of red tomatoes ( jitomate), ground with onion, garlic, chillies, salt, and pepper to taste.

This red sauce comes in subtypes:

  • Salsa Cocida (“cooked sauce”), in which the ingredients are cooked and then ground;
  • Salsa Asada (“roasted salsa”), in which the ingredients are roasted on a comal and then ground;
  • Salsa Cruda (“raw sauce”), in which ingredients are ground raw, ready to eat;
  • and a combination in which some ingredients are roasted and other ingredients cooked.

A molcajete or a blender can be used for the grinding process. After the sauce is prepared, it can be cooked again in a pan with little oil.

Salsa Roja Picante is used to prepare traditional Mexican foods, in a mild spicy level for enchiladas and huevos rancheros, or more spicy for antojitos such as tacos and quesadillas.

Salsa Roja Picante Recipe

This is an easy salsa that you will make again and again. Follow the simple steps to get a great salsa.

Salsa Roja Picante - Mexican Spicy Red Sauce

Salsa Roja Picante - Mexican Spicy Red Sauce

Start with fresh ingredients - the fresher they are the better the results.
Course: Sauces & Gravies
Cuisine: Mexican
Cooking Method: Cast-iron Skillet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: The Cook
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Recipe Instructions

  • Remove the seeds and veins from the chillies (Leave them in if you want a hotter salsa)
  • Heat a dry medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook tomatoes, onion, and chilli, turning occasionally, until tomatoes are softened and all vegetables are blistered and blackened in spots, 5–10 minutes.
  • Pulse vegetables with garlic and coriander in a blender just until chunky; season with salt.
  • Serve warm.

Cooks Notes & Variations

  • Don’t use canned tomatoes as they tend to give the salsa a metallic taste.
  • If the fresh coriander has tender stems, use them also if you wish
  • For a milder salsa only use 1 chilli.

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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1180mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2440IU | Vitamin C: 98.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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