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10 Minute Salsa That Upgrades Every Dish

Updated: Jun 15

Torchy's Tacos is an institution, and here's my take on my favorite salsa from them. It's creamy, but quite hot due to the arbols. They used to bottle and sell this, but I'm pretty sure they don't do that anymore. If you don't live close to a Torchy's; I've got your back.


Prep Time: Cook Time: Serves:

5 Minutes 10 Minutes 300g Salsa

Diablo Sauce

1 lb fresh tomato

5-8 arbol chiles

3 garlic cloves


White vinegar

Cooking oil

Step 1: Cook Tomatoes

You’re gonna take a pound of tomatoes, dice them down so they will cook faster. For the rest of prep, you just need a couple of cloves of smashed garlic, and a bunch of arbol chiles with the seeds removed. The heat levels are up to you, but I'd say lean into this being spicy.

To make the salsa, begin heating a skillet over medium heat with a shimmering layer of oil. Drop in the garlic cloves and once they begin sizzling, place in your chiles. These will sit in the oil for around 10-15 seconds, basically just long enough to cook them and change the oil into something a little spicier. Drop your tomatoes into the oil but be careful of any oil splatters here. Season this with a heavy pinch of salt and let the tomatoes cook on medium low for around 10 minutes.

Step 2: Blend and Adjust

Let the tomatoes cool slightly before adding them to a blender with the arbols and a splash of white vinegar. Blend this until completely smooth and add it back to the pan over medium low to adjust the thickness. This is up to you, but I like it somewhere between a dip and a sauce. Adjust the taste with salt and vinegar as needed, and store this in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy it with chips or on top of anything that needs a good amount of heat.




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