Salsa Taquera


A taco wouldn’t be the same without a nice and delicious spicy salsa. The combination of flavours complement each other. A bit of fat from the meat, a bit of heat from the spicy salsa and all topped with a bit of acidity from a squeeze of lime. Perfect combination!

When you go to a taqueria in Mexico, they would always have some freshly made salsas to make their tacos even more delicious. There are a lot of different types of salsas, Mexico is famous for the infinity range of salsas, but there are some salsas that go really well with tacos and they are quite easy and cheap to make.

There are taquerias that are famous for the salsas they make. When I go back to Mexico, we always go to this taqueria in Rosarito in Baja, because they make these mouth watering asada tacos and the most amazing salsas that I love. It usually burns my mouth, but it is very morish and utterly delicious that I ask for extra salsa.

Today I want to share with you this simple cooked arbor chilli salsa that it is, according to me, one of the most popular salsas in taquerias. Easy ingredients and easy to prepare, but tremendously delicious.

Salsa Taquera

Servings 1 cup
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins


  • 5 arbol chillies stem off, add more if you want it more spicy
  • 3 roma tomatoes cut in halves
  • ½ small white onion peeled
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water or a bit more to cover the veggies


  • Place all the vegetables and chillies in a saucepan and cover them with water. No need to add the salt at this stage.
  • Bring it to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the vegetables and chillies from the water and place them in a blender. Add 4 tbsp of the water and the salt. Blend until smooth. Do not get rid of the water where you cooked them in case it is needed later.
  • Let it cool down. If it looks too thick, add a bit more of the water. It is perfect for any tacos, but I like to eat it with steak tacos.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salsas, mexican food, tacos

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