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Nail Salsa
fresh and savory

This recipe is a variation of the typical Mexican salsa, where the concept remains of cutting various fresh ingredients and presenting them in the form of a solid salsa. The difference lies in the ingredients that are used, which you will discover while the salsa is prepared.

The salsa besides being fresh is also spicy, acidic and very savory. This recipe comes to us from southern Jalisco and its name is because anciently the ingredients were cut by pinching them with the nails... we know not a very appetizing tradition but the Mexican cuisine is full of surprises.

With the nail salsa almost any dish that needs freshness can be seasoned. We recommend using it in appetizers or even to accompany a snack, like some fried tortilla chips.

About the Recipe

  • In the preparation you are only going to cut and mix ingredients, it really is very easy to make.
  • The recipe is made with red onion and don’t substitute it for white onion because the same result won’t be obtained.
  • To make the salsa tomatillos are used and we recommend buying the ones that have an intense green color because those are the ones that have better flavor.
  • If you cut fast in 5 minutes the preparation will be ready and then the salsa is left resting for 2 hours.
  • The recipe is for 2 cups.


  • 6 Tomatillos (10.5 oz)
  • 3 Serrano Peppers (1.2 oz)
  • 2 Tomatoes (14.1 oz)
  • 1 Lime (1 oz)
  • 1/2 Red Onion (2.6 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 1 Coriander sprig (.3 oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Mixing Spatula
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 piece of Food Wrap Film
  • 1 Lime Squeezer (optional)

  • Directions

    1. Dice 2 tomatoes and 6 tomatillos; upon completion put them in a bowl and reserve.
    2. Finely chop 1/2 red onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 coriander sprig and 3 serrano peppers; upon completion put them in the bowl.

    If you want to reduce the salsa’s hotness, discard the veins and the seeds of the serrano peppers.

    1. Also add in the bowl:
    • The juice of 1 Lime.
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Mix very well the nail salsa with a mixing spatula.
    2. Cover the bowl with a piece of food wrap film and put it in the fridge.
    3. Leave the nail salsa resting in the fridge for 2 hours, so the flavors settle.

    A Touch of Freshness
    in your Dishes

    Tip: If you want to give an extra point of flavor to the nail salsa, add the juice of 1 orange.

    Variation: Another delicious salsa that comes to us from Jalisco is the plaza salsa.

    Did you like the Salsa?  

    Mexican Appetizers

    Chorizo Quesadilla
    Charro Beans
    White Rice
    Garlic Shrimps
    Potatoes with Peppers

    Know more traditions of the Mexican salsas.

    Read your books of Mexican food in the kindle, it is a better experience.

    Don’t cut the ingredients with the nails, is better to use the “Victorinox Knife”.