Salsa dancing around the kitchen with red chili sauce

dry red chilies

This simple chili salsa is made with dried red chilies. II was gifted a large quantity by a visitor from New Mexico. I use them with all the seeds and veins. We used it on tamales at Christmas, on tacos, in stir fry, chip dip, and whatever else could benefit from some heat.

salsa in serving dish

Makes 2 cups salsa roja


15 Red chilies. (You could use other dried chilies and mix them up for a more complex flavor.)

2 cups cold water

A pinch of salt

Optional: Add 1 or 2 garlic cloves

Rinse chilies in a colander, pull off stems, and place in a medium pot with water

chilies in water without stems

Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let sit covered off heat about 10 -20 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are soft.

destemmed chilies in blenderPlace chilies in a blender along with the cooking water. If desired add garlic.

blended chili sauce in blenderBlend on high for about 30 seconds until chili sauce is smooth.

salsa in serving dishEnjoy!