Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 2 2/3 cups (serving size: 1/3 cup)

Using two kinds of chiles creates the depth in this salsa. The dried arbol chiles add a vivid pop of heat, and the jalapeños contribute a freshness that's perfect with tomatoes. The salsa comes from Barbara Mozqueda, a San Francisco cook who with her husband, Vidal, hosts big backyard parties. The salsa is excellent with Vidal's Carne Asada with Nopales and Spring Onions.

This recipe goes with: Carne Asada with Nopales and Green Onions

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a heavy medium frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Cook tomatoes and jalapeños until blistered and charred on all sides, turning as needed, 9 to 10 minutes. Add chiles de árbol and cook, turning, just until fragrant, about 15 seconds.

Step 2

Transfer tomatoes to a blender. Let chiles cool, then discard stems and peel off a little of the blackened skins. Add chiles to blender with garlic, onion, 2 tsp. salt, and 6 tbsp. water. Whirl until fairly smooth. Add cilantro and whirl just to blend. Season with more salt to taste.

*Find at Latino markets and well-stocked grocery stores.

Make ahead: Up to 1 day, chilled.

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