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Salsa de Cuatro Chiles (Four-Pepper Salsa)


2 chile ancho
2 chile guajillo
2 chile chipotle (dried peppers), use the canned ones if you cannot find the dried version
10 chile de arbol or more if you like it spicy!
10 tomatillos
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
Salt to taste
Canola or light olive oil



1. Remove the stems and seeds from all the dried peppers and rip into smaller pieces. Heat about  4 tablespoons of oil to medium heat in a pan, add the dried peppers and the garlic. The peppers and garlic will toast pretty quickly, so you want to turn them often. As soon as the peppers become aromatic and soften a bit, remove from heat (about 2 to 3 minutes). Transfer to the blender.

2. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and rinse well. Transfer the tomatillos to a glass bowl, cover with paper towel and cook in microwave for about 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Remove from microwave, transfer them to the blender with the chiles, garlic. Add about 2 teaspoons of salt and blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt.


Note: The tomatillos can be cooked under the broiler for a few minutes or poached in water on the stove top also. It is important that you don't let the dried peppers burn in the oil, because they may become bitter tasting. This salsa is excellent for carne asada tacos, tamales or simply serve with chips!

When my family in Mexico prepares this salsa, they use only half of the tomatillos and add more chile de arbol. We like it spicy with a hint of tomatillo.

The result: Salsa de Cuatro Chiles



Other recipes by Sonia:

Mexican Red Rice
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Pork Chile Colorado
Frijoles Borrachos con Chorizo
Pork Chile Verde
Lemon Pepper Chicken Fajitas
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Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Chip Chimichangas

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