Salsa Roja de Chile Arbol

This is a copycat recipe of a salsa that they have at my favorite little diner called “A’s Burgers” in San Juan Capistrano. I always joke around that I have this salsa with a side of burrito (their breakfast burritos used to be my jam before I started practicing keto). With the help of my beautiful mama I was finally able to dupe this recipe. Best of all it’s totally quick and easy!

Salsa Roja de Chile Arbol

  • Difficulty: very easy
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A medium spicy, red, Mexican salsa made with chiles de arbol.


  • 12 dried “chiles de arbol” (stems removed)
  • 1 14.5oz can of diced “fire roasted tomatoes”
  • 2 tspn dried Mexican oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water, depending on preference of viscocity
  • salt to taste


  1.  With skin still on garlic cloves toast them on a skillet over medium low heat till the skins are light golden. Remove skins when cooled.
  2. Add peppers, tomatoes, oregano and garlic cloves to blender or food processor. Start by adding a 1/4 cup of water.  Blend. If you’d like the salsa runnier add another 1/4 cup.
  3. Blend till all ingredients are broken down and combined (no longer than 1 minute or so).  Add salt to taste and blend again for another 10 seconds.

A 5 minute medium spicy salsa roja made with chiles de arbor.

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