Authentic Mexican Salsa Recipe Spicy

Authentic Mexican Salsa Recipe Spicy

This Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa recipe, often known as “Salsa Roja,” is a staple in Mexican cuisine, offering a versatile blend of heat, tang, and depth that can elevate any dish. Perfect for tacos, nachos, eggs, or simply as a dip, it combines roasted tomatoes and chilies for a rich flavor profile that’s authentically Mexican.


  • 5 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 3-4 serrano peppers (adjust based on desired spice level)
  • 1 large white onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Water, as needed


Roast the Vegetables:

  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler or use a grill to char the tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion quarters, and garlic cloves. Roasting under the broiler or on a grill should be done until all sides are blackened and blistered, turning occasionally. This process usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Cool and Peel: Allow the vegetables to cool slightly. Peel the garlic and, if desired, remove the skins from the tomatoes for a smoother salsa.

Blend the Salsa:

  1. Blend the Base: Remove the stems from the serrano peppers. In a blender or food processor, combine the roasted tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion, and garlic. Blend to your desired consistency, adding a little water if necessary to achieve a smoother texture.
  2. Season: Add salt to taste, the chopped cilantro, and lime juice to the blender. Pulse a few times to mix these ingredients without completely pureeing the cilantro, maintaining some texture.

Adjust and Serve:

  1. Final Adjustments: Taste the salsa and adjust the seasoning if needed. If you prefer a thinner salsa, you can add a little more water or lime juice to reach your desired consistency.
  2. Refrigerate Before Serving: For the best flavor, let the salsa chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together.

Tips for Perfect Salsa:

  • Heat Level: The heat of the salsa can be easily adjusted by varying the number of serrano peppers. Remember, the seeds and veins add more heat, so remove them if you prefer a milder salsa.
  • Roasting: Roasting the vegetables not only softens them but also adds a depth of flavor with a smoky undertone.
  • Storage: This salsa can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will continue to develop over the first day or two.

Enjoy this Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa with your favorite dishes, offering a burst of flavor that’s both complex and intensely satisfying.


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