"Gutsy Red Salsa" or Roasted Red Ranchera Salsa | CUESA

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"Gutsy Red Salsa" or Roasted Red Ranchera Salsa


Soul Cocina

It was prepared as part of the SF Food Wars Salsa ChampionChip on September 12, 2010. This salsa won the People’s Choice award!


4 roasted Roma tomatoes
2 slightly roasted garlic clove
3 roasted Chiles Serranos
¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped


  1. Roast the tomatoes on an iron griddle (comal) over a medium flame, turning them as they char on each side. You can also use a broiler.
  2. Add the tomatoes to a blender with the remaining ingredients (except onions and cilantro) and blend until it becomes a chunky sauce (do not puree). 
  3. Then add and mix a ¼ cup of small diced sweet yellow onion, and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro and serve.

    Hint: If you make the salsa too hot throw in some sugar!


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