Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa Recipe

Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa Recipe

This Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa recipe, known for its rich flavors and fiery kick, is a cornerstone of Mexican cuisine. Made with fresh ingredients and customizable heat levels, it serves as a versatile condiment for a wide range of dishes, from tacos to grilled meats.


  • 5 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 2-4 serrano peppers (adjust based on your tolerance for heat)
  • 1 medium white onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional, for added tang)


Roast the Vegetables:

  1. Preheat the Grill/Broiler: Place the tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion quarters, and garlic cloves on a baking sheet. Grill or broil, turning occasionally, until they have a nice char on the outside. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Cool and Peel: Allow the vegetables to cool slightly. Peel the garlic and, if desired, the tomatoes. Remove the stems from the serrano peppers. For a milder salsa, you can also remove the seeds.

Blend the Salsa:

  1. Blend the Base: In a blender or food processor, combine the charred tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion, and garlic. Pulse a few times to combine. For a chunkier salsa, pulse less; for a smoother texture, blend more.
  2. Season: Add the lime juice and salt to the blender. If using, add the apple cider vinegar. Blend again briefly to mix. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

Finish with Cilantro:

  1. Add Cilantro: Transfer the salsa to a bowl and stir in the chopped cilantro. The fresh cilantro adds a burst of flavor and color to the salsa.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with tortilla chips as a dip.
  • Use as a topping for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas.
  • Add a spoonful to eggs or avocado toast for a spicy kick.

Tips for Perfect Salsa:

  • Control the Heat: The heat level of the salsa can be adjusted by the number and type of peppers used. Serrano peppers provide a sharp, clean heat, but you can substitute with jalapeños for a milder flavor.
  • Roasting: Roasting the vegetables deepens the flavors of the salsa, adding a smoky undertone that enhances its complexity.
  • Storage: Store any leftover salsa in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The flavors will continue to meld and develop over time.

Embrace the vibrant and spicy flavors of Mexico with this Authentic Mexican Spicy Salsa recipe, perfect for enhancing any meal with a touch of heat and a lot of flavors.

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