Salsa de Molcajete (Roasted Tomato and Green Chile Salsa)

This is archetypal salsa, made from tomatoes, green chiles, cilantro, and lime. But more than a mere mix of ingredients, salsa de molcajete uses centuries-old techniques to combine flavors, bringing out the best of each.
6 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup)


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6 plum tomatoes (about 1 pound)
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 jalapeño peppers
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat broiler.

Place the tomatoes, garlic, and jalapeños on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 16 minutes, turning after after 8 minutes. Cool and peel tomatoes and garlic. Combine the garlic and peppers in a molcajete, mortar, or bowl; pound with a pestle or the back of a spoon to form a paste. Add tomatoes, and coarsely crush using the pestle or spoon. Combine the tomato mixture, cilantro, and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

Created date

December 2001

Nutritional Information

Calories 23
Caloriesfromfat 12 %
Fat 0.3 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.1 g
Polyfat 0.1 g
Protein 0.9 g
Carbohydrate 5 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Sodium 106 mg
Calcium 10 mg