Three most authentic Mexican salsa recipes for chips, homemade tacos, quesadillas and anything you want. Each of them only takes 10 minutes to make!

Authentic Mexican Salsa Trilogy

If you ever get a chance to travel or think of going on a trip, please make it happen. Traveling is the most effective way to open your mind, learn A new culture, and meet great people. There is an old saying in China:

Traveling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books.

It all boils down to EXPERIENCE. Just like knowledge, once you gain it, it will never go away. Furthermore, experience accumulates. It makes you strong, knowledgeable, and open-hearted. I truly feel the growth every time I travel.

Salsa Trilogy - Toasting

This time in Mexico, our eyes were widely opened by the remote history and the rich culture of the country, the beautiful language and the trustworthy people, along with the incredibly breathtaking sceneries as if we were in some sort of fairyland.

But if you ask me about our biggest achievement from this 3-week trip, my answer will be people bonding. There were 4 families traveling together. We all met directly and indirectly through the internet and managed to travel to Mexico to meet everyone in person. Yea, I know it sounds crazy but it happened.

Suzanne, half Canadian and half Mexican, is a super wife and a mother of two adorable kids. Her husband Hayden was just a business acquaintance to Han when they met online a year ago. A year later, Han gradually discovered that he and Hayden were freakily similar in so many ways and they started considering each other twin brothers.

Our entire cross-country trip began and ended at Valle De Bravo, a beautiful town in Mexico where Hayden, Suzanne, Dante and Eva (their kids) currently live. The other two families joined us for a part of the trip.

Authentic Mexican Salsa Trilogy

Getting stuck with someone you don’t know well for 21 days usually requires a lot mutual patience and very easy-going personalities. Surprisingly, we felt extremely bonded with this family, not only through Tequila shots or jumping into the pool together in the middle of the night, but also through simply caring and cooking together.

In case I haven’t mentioned, Suzanne is a marvelous cook. Part of the reason that we miss Mexico so much is because of her food – homemade Mexican food, baby! She generously let me “steal” her authentic Mexican recipes by allowing me to hang out with her in the kitchen all the time.

Today, I would like to share with you through this blog not one, but THREE delicious salsa recipes! The salsas that Mexicans make at home! BIG THANKS to my wonderful friend, Suzanne!

Salsa de Guajillo
Salsa de Guajillo

I love the smoky flavor of this salsa. It goes well with pretty much everything – tacos, tortilla chips, quesadillas, or even pasta. You name it. The secret is to toast Roma tomatoes and Guajillo chilies before blending them. Don’t discard the Guajillo seeds if you like some extra heat.

Salsa De Guajillo

SALSA DE GUAJILLO
Yield: 3 cups

Salsa de Guajillo

INGREDIENTS

4 Roma tomatoes, toasted
1/3 cup white onion, sliced
1 small clove garlic
1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
6 Guajillo chilies, toasted and seeded
1/2 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast Roma tomatoes and Guajillo chilies together for 10 minutes. Flip the chilies halfway through the toasting time.
  2. Place all prepared ingredients in a food processor/blender. Blend well.
  3. Use a colander to screen out any solid pieces to ensure a smooth salsa if you like. (Both Suzanne and I usually skip this step.)

Green Salsa
Green Salsa

Don’t lower your guard because of the lovely color of this salsa. This recipe calls for 5 serrano peppers and I love the extra kick by leaving the seeds in when blending. It tastes super refreshing just as it looks. Most of the ingredients we use for this salsa all have natural green colors. You can find Tomatillos (some people call them green tomatoes, some call them unripe tomatoes) in Mexican grocery stores.

Green Salsa
GREEN SALSA
Yield: 3 and a half cups

INGREDIENTS

8 oz tomatillos (usually called green tomatoes)
2 avocados
5 serrano peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white onion, sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, loosely packed
1 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all prepared ingredients in a food processor/blender. Blend well and reserve.

TIP

  • Put one of the avocado seeds in the salsa when reserving to prevent from color changing.

Salsa de Cacahuate
Salsa de Cacahuate

Cacahuate means peanut in English. Toasted peanuts and white sesame seeds bring a great mixed aroma to this salsa. It goes perfectly well with chips and seafood. Serve it with any food according to your own preference. It cannot go wrong!

Salsa De Cacahuate
SALSA DE CACAHUATE
Yield: 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 Roma tomatoes
5 dried chilies
1/2 cup peanuts, toasted
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup white onion, sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast Roma tomatoes, peanuts, and white sesame seeds together for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Place all prepared ingredients (except the olive oil) in a food processor/blender. Blend well.
  3. Cook the salsa in olive oil over low heat for 10 minutes. Reserve. (This step is optional.)

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4 thoughts on “Authentic Mexican Salsa Trilogy”

  1. Tomatillos arent really green tomatoes though, theyre just called that cause of how they look. When they grow the dont look anything like tomatoes with their little paper husks. Unripe tomatoes are not an ok substitute.

    1. Hi C! Thanks for your clarification! I usually go to a Mexican grocery store here in San Francisco to pick up tomatillos. They label them as both tomatillos and green tomatoes. I guess it’s easier for people to address them. Some people also call them unripe tomatoes probably also because of how they look. Other than tomatillos, I have never seen other type of green tomatoes, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they are completely different ingredients. To minimize the confusion, I have revised my post accordingly. Thank you so much for your comment! Now I am very curious about green tomatoes! 🙂

    1. Haha…I heard that Austin has amazing food! I am seriously considering going. You will have to take me to a food tour or something. 😛

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