If you know me or have read my blog before you know that my husband is Mexican and we live in Mexico. Mexican food is very different from American but oh so good! And if you’ve had authentic Mexican food you know that they put salsa on EVERYTHING.
Honestly you didn’t eat a proper meal if it wasn’t doused in salsa. Chilequiles and entomatadas are some of my favorite Oaxacan meals and they are literally tortillas and salsa, that’s it! Something that I have noticed about really awesome Mexican food is that it has so much flavor but is also really simple.
For example, many dishes use few ingredients which helps to really highlight the best of those foods. Going back to entomatadas, they really are just tortillas smothered in salsa. But this allows you to focus on the texture of the fresh handmade corn tortillas and the combination of flavors in the salsa. Super simple but you get to enjoy the combination of natural flavors.
When I first came to Oaxaca, I lived with a host family in my study abroad program. My host mom was a traditional Mexican housewife that stayed home and cleaned and cooked for her family. Sometimes I would get the chance to watch how she made such delicious food and learn her secrets.
I remember when she showed me how to make my favorite salsa that I would smother my eggs in every morning. I was AMAZED. I could not believe how simple it was! She only used a few ingredients, added them to a blender and that was it!! How could something so simple taste so awesome? I was flabbergasted and couldn’t believe what I had just seen.
My Put-On-Everything Chipotle Salsa is similar to the recipe that my host mom showed me years ago but instead of dried chiles I used canned chipotles. Before adding everything to the blender, it’s important to toast the tomatoes….like extra toasty. You want them chard on all sides because that helps to give a little smokey flavor and really brings out the natural tomato flavor. All other ingredients added are raw, but if you’d like to roast them to that would help add another layer of yumminess!
- 8 roma tomatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 small onion
- 1 handful of cilantro
- 2 chipotle chilis
- 1/2 tbs salt (more for taste)
- On high heat char the tomatoes on all sides
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- For a runnier salsa add 1/2 to 1 cup water. Enjoy!