Amazing Salsas: Roja and Roasted Verde

Amazing Salsas: Roja and Roasted Verde are two of our most favorite salsas in the world.  And they compliment each other perfectly.  The roasted verde delivers a clean, fresh, slightly sharp heat, whereas the roja brings a gentle spice warmth.  Serve with homemade corn tortillas and chips, and you’ll be in salsa heaven.  Muy deliciosa!  140% Loon Approved!

Amazing Salsas: Roja and Roasted Verde
 
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Amazing Salsas: Roja and Roasted Verde compliment each other so perfectly. Easily make this in advance, and then serve with your next Mexican dinner party, or simply with chips and warm tortillas. Find the dried peppers at well-stocked markets or your local Mexican grocery.
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Recipe type: Salsa
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6 - 8
Ingredients
  • FOR THE SALSA ROJA:
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 10 guajillo chiles*
  • 1 chipotle morita chile*
  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano*
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5 garlic cloves, skin on
  • 1½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • *Find in well-stock gourmet markets, or you local Mexican/Latin market
  • FOR THE ROASTED SALSA VERDE
  • 3 - 4 medium tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 1 garlic clove, skin on
  • ½ medium white onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 2 serrano chiles
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. SALSA ROJA:
  2. Pre-heat broiler.
  3. Roast the tomatoes on a baking sheet under the broiler until blackened in spots, about 7 - 10 minutes. (Keep an eye on them, don't let them get too burnt).
  4. Turn them over and continue to blacken, about another 7 - 10 minutes. (Keep an eye on them!).
  5. Remove from the broiler and set aside to cool at room temp. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel the tomatoes and discard the skins.
  6. Remove the stems from the guajillo and chipotle chiles and tear them open. Shake out and discard the seeds. Remove and discard the veins.
  7. Set a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the oregano and cumin seeds and toast briefly, shaking the pan, until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
  9. Remove from the heat, transfer to a spice grinder, and grind to a fine powder.
  10. Reheat the skillet over medium heat.
  11. Toast the guajillo and chipotle chiles, turning them from time to time until you see the first wisp of smoke, about 45 seconds.
  12. Remove pan from heat, and transfer the chiles to a bowl. Cover them with hot tap water and place a heavy plate over the chiles to keep them submerged. Set aside to soak for 30 minutes.
  13. Add the garlic cloves to the skillet and roast, turning them from time to time until softened and slightly blackened in spots, about 6 minutes.
  14. Turn off the heat, remove the garlic from the skillet, and set aside to cool at room temperature. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel the garlic cloves and discard the skin.
  15. Drain the soaked chiles and discard the liquid.
  16. Place them in a blender along with the tomatoes, ground spices, roasted garlic, salt, sugar, vinegar, and ¼ cup water. Puree on high speed until completely smooth.
  17. Set up a medium-mesh sieve over a bowl and pass the puree through the strainer.
  18. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  19. ROASTED SALSA VERDE:
  20. Pre-heat the broiler.
  21. Roast the tomatillos on a baking sheet under the broiler until blackened in spots, about 7 - 10 minutes (Keep an eye on them!).
  22. Turn them over and continue to blacken, another 7 - 10 minutes (Keep an eye on them!).
  23. Remove from the broiler and set aside to cool at room temperature.
  24. Set a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  25. Add the garlic, onion slices, and chiles and roast, turning them from time to time, until softened slightly and blackened in spots, about 6 minutes.
  26. Turn off the heat, remove the vegetables from the skillet, and set aside to cool at room temperature.
  27. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel the garlic clove and discard the skin.
  28. Remove and discard the stems of the chiles. Set aside.
  29. Place the roasted tomatillos, garlic, onion, chiles, salt and honey in a blender and pulse into well blended (the texture will be slightly coarse).
  30. Mix in the cilantro right before serving.
  31. Taste and add more salt, if needed.
  32. Serve at once and ENJOY!!

 

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