For the past several weeks, I have been on a salsa making frenzy. I was jarring it up and giving it to neighbors, and pretty much eating a variety of salsa with pretty much anything around me. I had thought I had mastered my red salsa until I tweaked a few ingredients, added a bit more salt, and some water into the mixture, and like magic, the salsa I had been waiting for suddenly arrived.
If you are like me, I often times judge a Mexican restaurant by their table sauce. Whether it be green, or red, or somewhere in between, I am always investigating and dissecting the flavors. Some of my favorite sauce around town has got to be the red sauce from Conejito’s Place, and the green sauce from El Rey. It is that red sauce that I had to master, and I think this is the one, hence why I want to share with all of you.
This one is simply coined my red, and it is one that will knock your socks off in heat and flavor.
- 4 large roma tomatoes, whole
- 5 serrano chilies, stem removed
- 6 cloves of garlic, whole, skin on
- 1 large onion, halved
- 2 tomatillos, whole
- 2 additional cloves of garlic, raw
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup of water
Begin by adding everything but the cilantro, salt, two cloves of garlic, and water to a large cast iron skillet. If you do not have a cast iron skillet, add everything to a large baking sheet.
The goal is to roast all of your ingredients until the skins are charred. The serrano chilies and the garlic will be the quickest to roast, and once blackened, can be removed from the skillet. The garlic can be set aside to cool, while the blackened serrano peppers can go straight into a blender or food processor.
Continue roasting the tomatoes and onions until they get that great char.
Once everything has charred, add everything into the blender or food processor. If you are using a blender, remember you are dealing with hot stuff here and you will want to place the cover on the blender, and a towel, along with your pressure on the top of the cover so it will not explode.
Your blender should now include everything, including the water, cilantro, salt, vinegar, and two cloves of raw garlic.
Pulse about 7-10 times or until your desired consistency.
Pour the salsa into a storage container and let it come to room temperature before serving.
Serve with anything and everything. Something about the heat and garlic really make this salsa stand out from the rest. Hope you enjoy.