Dive into a symphony of tangy, spicy delights with these red salsas! From traditional firecracker salsas bursting with tomatoes and jalapeños to unique blends like chile de arbol & peanuts, these recipes offers a flavorful journey of zesty, lip-smacking sensations for every salsa enthusiast

Salsa Roja Taquera

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Salsa Taquera is the essence of authentic Mexican street food. Earthy, spicy, and packed with fresh ingredients, this salsa is a must-have for taco lovers. Its vibrant flavor profile, featuring tomates, dried chilies, and garlic, adds a zesty kick to your favorite dishes. —Make the Salsa Taquera recipe.

Chipotle Copycat Salsa

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This Chipotle red chili salsa it is so easy to make at home and packed with layers of nuanced, spicy flavors. Perfect with any type of chips, tacos, burrito bowls, and much more! Get the recipe.

Salsa Macha

Salsa macha.
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Salsa Macha, a rich and smoky concoction of dried chilies, toasted nuts, and aromatic spices. This bold salsa will leave your taste buds tingling with its intense flavor and versatile uses. Be aware! This salsa is for truly spicy lovers! —Get salsa macha recipe.

Salsa Roja in Molcajete

Salsa roja with chips.
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Salsa Roja is a classic tomato-based salsa with a twist. Bursting with the flavors of fresh tomatoes, garlic, and earthy spices, it’s the ideal accompaniment for beef tacos or grilled meats. This salsa recipe brings the taste of Mexico to your kitchen. —Get Salsa Roja recipe.

Molcajete Roasted Salsa

Molcajete salsa with onions and cilantro.
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Get ready to savor the traditional flavors of Mexico with Molcajete Salsa. This rustic salsa, made using a traditional mortar and pestle, is a harmonious blend of roasted tomatoes, chilies, and onions with a fresh herby kick. It’s a perfect match for grilled meats tacos. —Get the Molcajete Salsa recipe.

Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa

Tomatillo red chili salsa.
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Tomatillo red chili salsa offers a delightful fusion of sweet and spicy flavors. This vibrant delicious salsa is made with boiled tomatillos and red chilies, and it adds a refreshing and fiery twist to your meals. Try it with grilled chicken tacos or as a dip for tortilla chips. —Get tomatillo red chili salsa recipe.

Best Guajillo Salsa

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This guajillo salsa recipe makes fiery and smoky salsa accessible to everyone. With its simple preparation and complex flavors, it’s a fantastic addition to your pantry. It has a mild flavor that goes perfect with breakfast tacos! —See guajillo salsa recipe.

Peanut & Chili Salsa

Peanut and chili salsa (salsa de cacahuate).
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Although not too red like other condiments, this peanut chili salsa is a unique blend of creamy and spicy. Featuring the earthy richness of peanuts and the heat of chilies, this salsa adds a tantalizing dimension to dishes. Try it with vegan tacos for a burst of flavor. —Get the peanut chili salsa recipe.

Valentina Copycat Sauce

Homemade valentina copycat sauce in a bottle.
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Love the iconic Valentina hot sauce? Now you can recreate its fiery goodness at home with this Valentina copycat sauce recipe. Perfect for adding a kick to your scrambled egg or bean tacos. —See the Valentina copycat sauce recipe.

Classic Pico de Gallo

Close-up of pico de gallo.
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Pico de Gallo is the quintessential fresh salsa. With diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice, it’s a vibrant, tangy topping for tacos, grilled meats, or as a standalone dip for chips. Prepare it in minutes with this easy recipe and enjoy the lively flavors of Mexico! —Get the pico de gallo recipe.

Chimichurri Rojo

Chimichurri rojo in a white bowl.
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Chimichurri Rojo is a flavorful herb and chili sauce that hails from Argentina. This red version packs a punch with its bold spices and aromatic herbs. It’s a superb complement to grilled steak tacos. —Get the chimichurri rojo recipe.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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