Victor Protasio
Active Time
10 MIN
Total Time
1 HR
Serves : Makes 2 1/2 cups

Dried red chiles, which have a warm spice and raisin-y sweetness, make this salsa from Sandra A. Gutierrez earthy and rich. Add it to tacos, enchiladas, or stir into soup to add depth and flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1    

Heat a large skillet over medium. Working in batches, add chiles to skillet, and cook, turning often, until slightly puffed, toasted, and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 2    

Return all chiles to skillet, and add water just to cover. Bring to a simmer over medium-high. Add onion and garlic; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until onion is tender and chiles are soft and pliable, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

Step 3    

Using a slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to a blender. Add reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid, and process until mixture is a coarse paste, about 8 seconds. Add vinegar and salt, and process until mixture (except for seeds) is smooth, about 15 seconds. Let cool before serving.

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