Tomatilla & Arbol Pepper Salsa May 03, 2013 03:30 1 Comment

GoodFoodFriday

I'm taking over Good Food Friday today because I had to share the salsa recipe I made a couple of weeks ago for my birthday. Yes, salsa for my birthday. Much better than cake. (I feel confident Lesley at Recipe for Crazy would agree with me.)

I love Street Tacos, but what truly makes them great is the salsa. Though different than what I've had from a taco truck, this salsa a perfect mix of tart & spicy and is super flavorful! I just used the last of my birthday-weekend-batch last night and will most definitely be making some more!

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Ingredients: 

  • About 7 small tomatillos (10 ounces) with husks removed and washed
  • 10 dried Arbol peppers (5 for mild, more if you dare. I think 10 is a good number to start with the first time you make it. Then you can adjust the next time around.)
  • 3 garlic cloves — more if you love it as much as we do at our house
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions: Place tomatillos and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Roast until soft and brown, turning them to get all sides,  about 18-20 minutes. Garlic cloves will be done faster, so remove when they start to brown and throw 'em in your blender or food processor.

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Meanwhile, in another skillet, quickly toast the dried Arbol peppers. It takes just a couple of minutes, so stay close. The peppers can burn easily and give your sauce a bitter taste. Once they're done, cut the stems off and throw them in with the garlic.

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From experience, we play it safe when handling peppers. (We also cut up Serrano peppers that day, which we definitely needed the gloves for!)

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Once the tomatillos are done, quarter them, and add them in with the garlic and peppers. Add the salt and start blending until you get a slightly chunky sauce. Add water if needed, but my experience is that it rarely is.

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Put it on your tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chicken, steak — whatever. I promise, it would be good on just about anything. :) I also suggest a margarita on the side. Can't go wrong. ENJOY!!! xoxo Lori Danelle