Category Archives: Salsa

Mexican Red Sauce

I don’t know about you but we have tomatoes that are just growing off the charts right now. We planted a variety of tomatoes back in May, and now they are finally beginning to ripen. We have bowls of cherry tomatoes, as well as these great roma tomatoes sitting on our kitchen counter right now. In the meantime, I am pulling these great, large tomatoes off of the vine. With that said, I’ve been creating things such as loaded bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches, simple pico de gallos, and recently came up with this Mexican red sauce.  I’m calling this a sauce because it is so diverse that I have been marinating with it, topping omelettes with it, and well, pretty much using it on a majority of things, including drizzling it on pizza.

Mexican Red Sauce

What turned me on to creating this sauce is some dried chilies I recently purchased, the Puya pepper. After reading Pok Pok, I was interested in the puya pepper as Chef Ricker was using them in his Thai cooking.

The puya chiles have an intense heat that is somewhat pungent and have a light fruity flavor profile with an almost berry flavor. Puya chiles are grown in Mexico, and are somewhat similar to the guajillos chilie. I thought they would be perfect in a sauce, and they were.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large tomato, such as Beefsteak or Better Boy
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 4 puya chilies
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • additional water

Start by adding the puya chilies to a skillet, and cook on medium heat, flipping along the way for about 4 minutes. Remove the chilies, and let cool.  Once cooled, slice, and remove the stem and seeds.

During this time, bring a medium pot of water to a simmer. Add in the tomato and the chilies. Cover, and cook for about 15 minutes.

Remove the tomato and chilies with a slotted spoon, and let cool on a plate.

How to make Mexican red sauce

Add the chilies to a food processor, along with the remaining ingredients. Remove the skin from the tomato. The skin should easily come off.

Pulse until you have a smooth sauce.  Taste and adjust any salt to your liking.

Pour into a large mason jar, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

This sauce had just the right amount of heat to it. A subtle punch of heat in the beginning, and then that fruitiness from the chilies, along with the garlic and onion. It’s really good. If you are looking to try a new Mexican chili, give the puya a try. I’m certain you will love it. Enjoy!

Cilantro Sauce

Sometimes you have to try and kick yourself when something so easy is so flippin’ good. Last week during the Green Bay Packers game, we had nacho night. We thought we would celebrate game day, as we hoped for a victory, which was not the case, with a nice plate of ‘build your own nachos’. I know how my family rolls when it comes to nachos. The kids are typically a bit of meat and cheese, while my daughter might be just cheese and chips. My wife will load hers with cheese, chips, a bit of meat, avocado, maybe some lettuce and tomato. Me on the other hand? Well, I like to jazz mine up, and load them up with things like beans, onions, cilantro, and some chilies. As I normally just use chopped up sprigs of cilantro, I decided to go another route, and make a cilantro sauce to heavily drizzle throughout the nachos, and whoa, was this stuff ever amazing!

Cilantro Sauce Recipe

Super simple ingredients yields a sauce so awesome that you will be blown away.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, cleaned
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (add more or less for garlic intensity)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of water

Add everything to a food process and blend until you have a smooth sauce. Pour into a glass container, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. When you are ready to use, give a gentle shake, and spoon onto whatever you desire.

How to make cilantro sauce

I’ve been using this sauce on everything from eggs at breakfast, to salads, and even drizzling on sandwiches.

This cilantro sauce is bright, and intense in flavor. You get that awesome punch of garlic cilantro flavor in every bite. I hope you enjoy!

Cilantro Sauce
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, cleaned
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (add more or less for garlic intensity)
  • ½ tsp salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of water
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a food process and blend until you have a smooth sauce. Pour into a glass container, and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. When you are ready to use, give a gentle shake, and spoon onto whatever you desire.
  2. I've been using this sauce on everything from eggs at breakfast, to salads, and even drizzling on sandwiches.
  3. This cilantro sauce is bright, and intense in flavor. You get that awesome punch of garlic cilantro flavor in every bite. I hope you enjoy!

 

Jalapeño Hot Sauce

Over the past fifteen years or so, I have become a really big fan of spicy food. I typically eat spicier than many folks around me. I love spicy Thai, Mexican, and Chinese food to say the least and I typically steer towards ordering a spicier dish if I am going out to eat. There is something about the heat, when done right, that enhances the flavor of the dish. This salsa could be one of the best I’ve created in the last few years. Sure, I’ve made a variety of Mexican-style salsas such as a Thai salsa, a Thai dipping sauce, even a habanero hot sauce and serrano hot sauce. I have no clue as to why I have left out the idea of making a jalapeño hot sauce, so it was my turn to make something amazing, and wow, was this one ever awesome.

jalapeño Hot Sauce

As I have an abundance of jalapeño peppers growing in my garden, I figured I had to use them up, and hence the idea for this sauce. Trust me on this, you will be spooning it on everything. It’s really that good.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 5 whole jalapeño peppers, stems removed
  • 2 whole tomatillos, cut in half, husks discarded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • salt, to taste

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees.

Add the jalapeños and tomatillos to a baking sheet.  Place in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly roasted.

Using tongs, carefully place those into a blender or food processor. Add in the garlic, water, lime juice, sugar, and vinegar. Season with about 1/2 tsp salt to start.

Blend until the sauce is thinned out. You are not going for a thick sauce here. Add a bit more water to get it to the consistency of a ‘taco’ sauce.

Taste and season with any additional salt. Pour into a air tight container and let cool before covering. This can sit in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, if not longer.

The flavor of this jalapeño hot sauce is spectacular. It has just the right amount of heat, meaning, I was not sweating at first bite, nor did it kill my palette when serving it alongside breakfast, lunch, and dinner items.  This very well could be one of my favorite sauces that I’ve made thus, so I hope you enjoy.

 

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

If you are looking for something to make to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here are some wonderful, and easy recipes. Click for the recipe, or you can find my collection of Mexican recipes at http://www.simplecomfortfood.com/category/mexican/. ¡Viva, Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipes Taco Cups Mexican Hot Dogs Torta Ahogado Panuchos Mexican Creamed Corn Roasted Red Salsa Mexican Fried Rice Albodingas Soup Mexican Refried Beans Huevos Rancheros Chicken Tamale Casserole Chicken Tortilla Soup Nacho Potato Skins Mexican Corn Salad