Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

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Looking for the perfect salsa for taco night? This chile del arbol salsa is easy to make ahead, and the perfect complement to Frontera Taco Skillets!

Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

On our last trip to Mexico, the resort where we stayed had a huge array of typical Mexican salsas that I could slather on every type of dish imaginable. I spent a lot of time trying every single salsa, and talking with the chefs about which ingredients were in each salsa. These chats inspired all kinds of new salsas in our kitchen- like my favorite Creamy Green Salsa Taquera or the amazing sauce on my Mango Habanero Chicken Wings. I wanted to replicate taco night at home in Colorado, and looked for a simple way to do so.

Tortilla Chips and Chile del arbol Salsa

Cancun is where I learned about the chile del arbol. It’s a spicy chile with a very sharp, clean flavor, and it pairs super well with tomato and garlic. I love the unique type of heat that it gives salsas, and especially how well it pairs with beef tacos (barbacoa, asada, birria, etc.) Perfect for Taco (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday…. you get where I’m going with this.)

Frontera Skillet Rick Bayless

So I’m super excited to share with you my chile del arbol salsa recipe- the perfect salsa to make ahead and pair with a weeknight taco recipe- I made the Frontera® Barbacoa Taco Skillet. This salsa is the perfect compliment to the premium ingredients inspired by Chef Rick Bayless and found in the Frontera® products.

Spicy Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

For the Chile del arbol salsa recipe, you only need a few ingredients and a blender to create a delicious, restaurant-quality salsa in under 10 minutes. It takes the same amount of time to make as it does to cook a Frontera® Skillet meal- which bring authentic Mexican flavors, ingredients and flavors right to my home. 10 minute taco night? Yes please!

Ingredients for Chile del arbol Salsa

Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

This spicy salsa is so delicious, you might find yourself eating way too many tortilla chips along with it. Restaurant quality salsa in under 10 minutes. Printable recipe at the bottom of post.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large white onion, cut into large pieces
  • 15-20 dried chiles del arbol*
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

* You can generally find these in the Latin aisle of the supermarket.

Instructions

In a skillet, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Sear the chiles, onion and garlic until the flavors begin to blend. Transfer to blender.

Add the plum tomatoes, tomato sauce and salt to the blender and blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping, or slather over your favorite Frontera® Skillet meal.

Tacos with Chile del arbol Salsa

I made this salsa ahead, and then was able to create an authentic taco bar by heating up corn tortillas and making both the Frontera® Veggie Taco Skillet and the Frontera® Barbacoa Taco Skillet- which includes beef barbacoa that is tender and roasted with three chiles. The flavors were honestly delicious and our family of four ate three packages in one sitting- everyone LOVED the food and we had a delicious meal together.

Barbacoa Taco With Chile del Arbol Salsa

The perfect, restaurant-inspired meal with premium ingredients is at your fingertips- I found the Frontera® Skillets in the frozen food aisle at Target. I also purchased the Frontera® Green Chile Enchilada Sauce with Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic to make my Weeknight Chicken Enchiladas.

Frontera Skillet Meal at Target

I grabbed 25% off of my Frontera® Skillets purchase with the coupon below (just click on the image to access the coupon). It’s valid at Target stores from 10/29/17 to 11/25/17. I was able to purchase all the ingredients for my Chile del arbol salsa at Target as well. Super simple way to create an easy and delicious authentic weeknight Mexican dinner!

Frontera Skillets Inspired by Rick Bayless

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Chile del arbol 10 Minute Salsa Recipe

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Chile del Arbol Salsa Recipe

This spicy salsa is so delicious, you might find yourself eating an entire bag of tortilla chips along with it. Restaurant quality salsa in under 10 minutes.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Latin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Christa

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large white onion cut into large pieces
  • 20 dried chiles del arbol*
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 can plum tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Sear the chiles, onion and garlic until the flavors begin to blend. Transfer to blender.
  2. Add the plum tomatoes, tomato sauce and salt to the blender and blend until smooth. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping, or slather over your favorite taco.

Recipe Notes

* You can generally find these in the Latin aisle of the supermarket.

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