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Mexican Salsa in a Molcajete

Recipe by Villa Cocina
4.8 from 15 votes
Course: SidesCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Making Mexican salsa in a molcajete is the most authentic and historic way of preparing this refreshing, easy, and delicious recipe. It could easily take you back in time hundreds of years when using rocks as cooking utensils was the norm. Salsa made in a molcajete is incredibly delicious due to the natural oils released while the ingredients are being mashed.
So, enjoy being part of History and bring out your molcajete.


  • 8 oz roma tomatoes

  • 10 oz tomatillos, peeled, rinsed and drained.

  • 2 ea garlic cloves, roasted

  • 1 ea garlic clove, fresh and peeled

  • 6 ea chiles de arbol, dry

  • Salt to taste

  • 1/4 white onion, medium

  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, fresh


  • Roast the ingredients: Place the comal over medium high heat. Roast the tomatoes, tomatillos and the two garlic cloves (cook with the peel on)until charred on all sides/cooked through. Some of the ingredients may be cooked sooner than others. So, remove from the heat as they become ready.
  • Chiles de arbol: Lower the heat on your comal to low and toast the chiles de arbol. Turn continuously and remove as soon as they become fragrant to prevent them from burning.
  • Molcajete: Peel the roasted garlic, add to the mocajete together with the fresh peeled garlic clove and a small amount of salt. Grind until a paste forms.
  • Keep Grinding: Grind the chiles the arbol until broken down into small pieces. Side note: you can adjust the amount of chiles de arbol depending on how hot you like the salsa. This one is spicy. Mash the tomatoes one at the time until completely broken down and then proceed with the tomatillos. Add salt to taste.
  • Toppings: Dice the white onion and chop the cilantro. Add to the salsa and mix everything to combine. Serve with tacos, carne asada, quesadillas, the options are endless. Or, enjoy as an appetizer with chips.
  • Try another recipe for Authentic Red Mexican Salsa and Chicken Fajitas

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