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Tamarind Salsa
bittersweet and spicy

Even though the tamarind is not originally from Mexico, the Mexican cuisine and culture have adopted it as their own because it is used in candies, waters, desserts and more preparations.

This fruit grows in a tropical tree of large dimensions, that is located in various continents but it is believed that is originally from India. The tamarind tree can be found in the tropical states of Mexico, specially the ones that have Pacific coastline.

In this preparation, it can be said, that we have
a touch of Oriental flavors due to the tamarind’s bittersweet flavor, which is combined with Mexican ingredients and flavors. Therefore expect a spicy salsa with a very Mexican seasoning. It is an exceptional salsa to accompany chicken or pork dishes – it will give them a sensational flavor.

About the Recipe

  • In this recipe you will perform many simple activities.
  • We give the recipe with tamarind pods however if you get tamarind pulp you will save a few steps in the preparation and only 3.5 oz are needed.
  • This salsa is very spicy, if you want to reduce its hotness just use 5 arbol peppers.
  • are needed to make the recipe.
  • Yields 1½ cups of salsa.


  • 10 Tamarind pods (10.5 oz)
  • 10 Arbol Peppers (1.7 oz)
  • 1 Garlic clove (.1 oz)
  • 1 Epazote sprig (.3 oz)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt

  • Cookware

  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Blender
  • 1 Measuring Cup
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Kitchen Spoon
  • 1 Knife

  • Directions

    Perform Many Activities

    1. Remove the skin of 10 tamarind pods (only the hard part).
    2. Put in a saucepan:
    • The 10 Tamarind pods with the ones you worked.
    • 10 Arbol Peppers.
    • The enough Water to cover all the ingredients.

    1. Bring the saucepan water to a boil over high heat.
    2. When it boils reduce to low heat and leave the ingredients cooking for about 10 minutes, until they soften.

    The tamarinds are cooked over low heat so its pulp doesn’t ruin.

    1. Transfer from the saucepan to a blender, with a kitchen spoon, the arbol peppers that were cooked; then reserve.
    2. Remove from the saucepan, with the kitchen spoon, the tamarind pods that were cooked and remove their seeds and their veins. Upon completion put the tamarind pulp in the blender.


    1. Also add in the blender, along with the other ingredients:
    • 1 Garlic clove.
    • 1 Epazote sprig.
    • 1/2 cup of Water (4.2 fl oz).
    • 1/2 tablespoon of Salt.

    1. Blend very well the ingredients.

    Exotic Flavors

    Tamarind Salsa

    Suggestion: Since this salsa is spicy, it has to be accompanied with a Mexican beverage.

    Recommendation: If you liked the fruit and chili combination also try the greengage salsa.

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    Mexican Preparations with Chicken and Pork

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    Chicken Tacos
    Pork Picadillo
    Chicken Adobo
    Green Enchiladas with Pork

    Additional Info

    These tamarinds are of very good quality and its flavor is extraordinary.

    You also have to enjoy a Mexican candy with tamarind.

    The pulparindos also come in spicy version.

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