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Plate of Dried Chiles

Dried Chile Salsa

This salsa recipe is completely customizable and focused on showcasing the flavors of your favorite chiles.   To take the heat level down, carefully remove the stems and seeds as well as all veins from the middle of the chile. If you like the spice, feel free to destem and deseed to your liking.  The bold flavor of this salsa is great enjoyed with chips as well as on top of tacos, stirred into soups, added to breakfast burritos, or garnishing some nachos.  Enjoy this salsa using the high-quality chiles and spices Don Juan Chiles has to offer for a delicious result!  ¡Provecho!

thoughts before starting

Feel free to substitute the sugar for honey, agave syrup, or a sugar-free sweetener! Be sure to use a small amount and taste test as you go. The sugar helps cut through acidity and helps to get rid of any bitterness.

what you'll need to start

Blender, deep skillet or pot, roasting tray, serving bowl


  1. Rehydrate the chiles using our proven chile rehydration method
  2. Preheat the broiler
  3. Quarter your tomatoes and onion and slice your peeled garlic cloves in half. Spread these onto your baking tray and top with olive oil
  4. Season with salt and pepper and broil until you see a nice char on the vegetables. This should take about 10 minutes, but keep a careful eye on the oven
  5. Add the charred veggies, rehydrated chiles, and the rest of the spices into your blender. Be careful as the mixture will be hot! 
  6. Blend until smooth; do this step in two batches if needed
  7. Add the blended salsa back into your pot and set to low heat. Add in your sugar, or sweetener of choice, and your lime juice
  8. Add water to the pot to thin out the salsa if you find it too thick. Taste for salt and pepper and add more if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!

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