Arbol Salsa Spicy

Arbol Salsa Spicy

Arbol Salsa is a vibrant, spicy condiment that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine with its bold flavors and fiery heat. Made from dried árbol chilies, this salsa brings a smoky heat that is both intense and irresistibly flavorful. It’s perfect for adding a kick to tacos, enchiladas, or simply enjoying with chips. Here’s how you can make your own Arbol Salsa at home to spice up your meals.


  • 20 dried árbol chilies: Remove stems (and seeds if you prefer less heat).
  • 2 medium tomatoes: Roasted for added depth of flavor.
  • 1 small onion: Quartered and roasted to bring out its natural sweetness.
  • 3 cloves garlic: Unpeeled, roasted to mellow the sharpness.
  • 1/2 cup water: Adjust as needed for consistency.
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar: Adds a tangy balance to the heat.
  • Salt to taste: Enhances all the flavors.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional): Can help balance the acidity and heat.


Prep and Roast:

  1. Roast the Chilies: In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the árbol chilies for about 1-2 minutes or until they start to puff. Be careful not to burn them, as this will make your salsa bitter.
  2. Roast Vegetables: On the same skillet or in the oven, roast the tomatoes, onion, and garlic until they’re charred and soft. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes in the oven at 400°F (200°C).


  1. Blend the Salsa: Once the vegetables and chilies are roasted, remove the garlic peels and add everything to a blender along with the water, vinegar, salt, and sugar if using. Blend until smooth. You can adjust the water to get your desired consistency.

Season and Serve:

  1. Taste and Adjust: Give your salsa a taste and adjust the seasoning with salt or sugar if necessary. If it’s too thick, add a little more water.
  2. Chill: Although you can use the salsa immediately, letting it chill in the fridge for an hour allows the flavors to meld beautifully.

Tips for Perfect Arbol Salsa:

  • Handling Chilies: If you have sensitive skin, consider wearing gloves when handling the dried chilies to avoid irritation.
  • Storage: Your Arbol Salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for longer storage.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve as a daring dip for chips, a robust sauce for grilled meats, or a spicy addition to your favorite Mexican dishes.

Arbol Salsa is a testament to the beauty of simple ingredients coming together to create a burst of flavor that can transform any meal. Enjoy the heat and the depth of flavors that this spicy salsa brings to your table.

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