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Arbol Pepper Salsa
very spicy

Mexico is a land where a wide variety of chilies are grown and thus they are a key ingredient of the Mexican cuisine. The diversity of salsas and stews that are based in the combination of different chilies with other ingredients to obtain preparations full of flavor, is endless.

The arbol pepper salsa is just a sample of that
gastronomic richness . The arbol pepper is a chili that is dried, thin, small and extremely spicy. Moreover due to its extreme thinness is very difficult to remove the veins and seeds to reduce its hotness.

In this salsa the arbol pepper is only combined with tomato, garlic, oil and salt. Only a few ingredients are used but a fresh and very spicy salsa is obtained – therefore you have to be careful. It is a salsa that can be used in tacos or in some stew that needs more hotness and flavor.

About the Recipe

  • This recipe is quite simple, perfect for beginners.
  • If you want a less spicy salsa reduce the number of arbol peppers.
  • Preferably use olive oil in the preparation so your salsa will have a better flavor.
  • In a little more than 10 minutes the salsa will be ready.
  • We give the recipe for 2 cups of salsa.


  • 10 Arbol Peppers (1.7 oz)
  • 3 Tomatoes (21.1 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Turner
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    1. Cut 3 tomatoes into wedges, then reserve.
    2. Heat in a saucepan over medium heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
    3. Add in the saucepan 10 arbol peppers and fry them for approximately 1 minute, until they are lightly fried; stir regularly.
    4. Incorporate in the saucepan:
    • The wedges of the Tomatoes that were cut.
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix the saucepan ingredients and fry them for about 8 minutes, until the tomatoes have the consistency of a puree; stir occasionally.
    2. Transfer from the saucepan to a blender the ingredients that were fried and blend them very well.

    Spicy as Fire

    Suggestion: Since this salsa is very spicy don’t forget to prepare some Mexican beverages.

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    Additional Info

    These arbol peppers are of very good quality and very spicy.

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