Easy Salsa Macha Recipe

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a spoon with deep red salsa macha

Flavor and heat:

Firstly, Let’s talk simple and delicious! yes, these are qualities even a spicy salsa macha recipe have. Anyone can make it and enjoy it at home. It is a very spicy one though, and a small amount can go a long way. However, The moment you taste it, you will crave it. If you don’t have a high tolerance to spicy food, you can always adjust to the amount you can handle. That being said, this is a recipe you definitely want to try, it’s amazing.  For all spicy lovers! Be prepared to make this all the time, it’s that good! You will experience a celebration of flavors and love it instantly. 

a bowl of chicken soup you can add salsa macha to.
This is my chicken soup recipe! try substituting the chopped jalapeño for salsa macha. Yummy!

Dishes I use salsa macha on:

Having a salsa macha recipe is always handy If I want to add a kick of heat but not overwhelm an already perfect dish. It has a few ingredients but it’s still flavorful and spicy. After all, its simplicity is a strong quality because it enhances traditional meals, as it preserves important flavors. In fact, This is why I feel it’s perfect for soups (chicken and beef) and pozole (chicken and pork). You can definitely add it to tacos and so many more entrees you feel inspired to add this to. I usually go with my gut and guide myself by memories. If you think about a combination and start drooling, then you might be on to something. So don’t be afraid to get inspired! meanwhile, Just love the process and memorize aromas, textures and flavors. Become passionate about cooking, don’t see it as something you just have to do. 

Recipe Video Tutorial

Below is my easy to follow video tutorial on how to make this Classic Salsa Macha.

It will give you an additional in-depth knowledge and the visuals of the step-by-step process to enhance your understanding. You will also find the video down in the recipe card. 

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Easy Salsa Macha Recipe

Recipe by Villa Cocina
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: SalsaCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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firstly, Let’s talk simple and delicious! yes, these are qualities this salsa recipe has. Any one can make it and enjoy it at home. This is a very spicy one, as a result, a small amount can go a long way.The moment you taste it, you will crave it.



  • If the chilis you are using have a stem, go ahead and remove it. To reduce the heat you can also  remove the seeds by cutting them open. Chiles de arbol tend to be spicy, feel free to wear kitchen gloves. 
  • Place a large pan over medium heat. Pour in the oil and allow it to get nice and hot. 
  • Place the garlic in the oil. Let it soften and become golden brown. About 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. 
  • Stir in the chilis. Keep an eye on them because if they burn it will ruin the salsa by making it extremely bitter. If you need to, lower the heat. As soon as the the chilis release their fragrance remove from the oil, about 1 minute. When transferring them to a heat proof container feel free to carefully remove the pan from the heat.
  • Allow the oil, chilis and garlic to cool down to room temperature. 
  • Transfer everything to the blender including the oil. Additionally, add in the kosher salt and blend until finely chopped but not pureed. 
  • Pour into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator. 

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  • Were you wondering If I washed the red chilis? I did. IMPORTANT: water and hot oil DO NOT mix. Rinse them under water and allow them to air dry completely before using. I suggest you do this the day before or as soon as you buy them, then store in an air tight container when dry. You can also clean with a damped paper towel to speed up the process.
  • It’s important to make sure the chilis do not burn. Feel free to lower the heat if needed. If they burn, discard and start with a fresh batch because it will turn your salsa extremely bitter. 
  • You can use any neutral oil for this recipe 

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