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Authentic Mexican salsa with chipotle

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Making an authentic mexican salsa with chipotle brings out unimaginable flavors. The smokiness, as well as the spicy embrace of the chipotle, elevate it to another level. It is a reminder of how diverse and rich this salsa is. At the same time, the tang of fresh tomatillos, and the sweetness of the onion, balance out the heat showcasing the complexity of flavors.

Authentic Mexican salsa with chipotle in a molcajete
Authentic Mexican salsa with chipotle in a Molcajete.

This authentic Mexican salsa with chipotle is nothing less than perfection. It is a very easy to make recipe. Just keep in mind you will need a molcajete, but the results will blow you away. Something wonderful happens as you mash the ingredients with the pestle. All the natural oils release and turn into a salsa that is impossible to compare. It will greatly exceed your expectations. Just add it to tacos or as an accompaniment to a delicious carne asada!


Mocajetes date back to pre-hispanic times and keep gaining popularity as time goes by. In fact, it was considered the 2nd most important kitchen tool. As time goes by, Its popularity remains the same; specially in rural Mexico. Prepare to fall in love with this technique and enjoy what Mexican cuisine has to offer.

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Authentic Mexican salsa with chipotle

Recipe by Villa Cocina
5.0 from 5 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Authentic red Mexican salsa with chipotle is nothing less than perfection. And, you will be surprised at how easy it us to make. First, try your very best to buy yourself a molcajete because you’ll be blown away at the end result. Something wonderful happens as you mash the ingredients with the pestle because all the natural oils released turn into a salsa thats impossible to compare.


  • 1/2 lb large tomatoes 

  • 1/2 lb tomatillos 

  • 2 ea chipotle peppers, meco

  • 1/4 ea medium white onion

  • 1 ea garlic clove, unpeeled 

  • 1 ea small garlic clove, peeled 

  • 1/4 tsp whole cumin 

  • Salt to taste


  • PREP: remove the stem area (core) from the tomatoes. Slice the white onion but keep the root area, so the layers stay together.
  • Place a comal over medium-low heat. Once nice and hot toast the chipotles, making sure to turn continuously. Once they release their fragrance, remove from the heat and rinse. Have a sauce pan with boiling water ready and rehydrate the peppers in the water until they become soft. 
  • Meanwhile: on the same comal and over medium heat roast the tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, and unpeeled garlic until charred and blackened on all sides. Some of the ingredients will be ready sooner than others. Remove when roasted and completely cooked through. By now the peppers should be ready, turn off the heat and leave them in the water until we need them. 
  • Molcajete: Peel the roasted garlic and place in the molcajete with the raw peeled garlic clove and a pinch of salt. With the pestle, grind everything into a smooth paste. Halfway through, grind in the cumin and continue with the onion (First, cut the root off.) Next, remove the chipotles from the water and mash them in. Finally, mash the tomatillos and tomatoes. When the salsa looks smooth but still chunky, season with salt to taste and mix it in with a spoon. 
  • ENJOY with tacos, as an appetizer or side to any dish. 

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