Chipotle Guajillo Salsa

This is a short but not so sweet a post. This is going to be one hot, spicy and totally lip smacking ride along the Mexican borders. I recently made a day trip to some of the authentic Mexican stores around here in San Diego and picked up a few interesting things. This is my authentic salsa recipe with Chipotle and Guajillo chilies.

Lately i have been very curious about Mexican cuisine. Clearly, San Diego is a perfect place to acquire inspiration for Mexican food with the plethora of eateries offering the most local and authentic Mexican dishes for us to try. I have been lucky to make a couple of Mexican friends here and they recently took me to shops from where they get their authentic Mexican produce.

As soon as i entered the shop, the first and the most striking thing to my eyes was a long row of packets with all sorts of chilies i could possibly think of. So far, i thought only Indians loved their chilies but oh my, was i wrong. This shop had such interesting things to offer that i found myself jumping around in excitement. My Mexican friend showed me around different ingredients and i kept picking up stuff without having a clue of what i would make of it. By the time i was home, i had 5-6 packets of unknown varieties of chilies, a few unknown cheeses and fresh from the factory, tortillas ! What a blissful day !

Today, i took out the chilies and called my friend to ask what i should be making with them. She gave me a couple of options and i decided to make some Hot ‘n’ zesty Salsa for me. This recipe is partially inspired by her method and some of my tweaks. The result is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G !

Chipotle Guajillo Salsa

Chipotle Guajillo Salsa

  • Difficulty: easy
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salsa copyIngredients

  • 7-8 Guajillo Chilies
  • 2-3 Arbol chilies (Add more if u like your salsa hotter)
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tomatillos (optional but desirable to get that authentic flavour)
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic
  • handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 tsp vinegar (optional)
  • water required for Salsa


  1. take 2 cups of water. To this, add in washed Gaujillo chilies, Arbol chilies and Tomatoes. Let the water boil. Once boiled, shut the flame and let cool down.
  2. Now, in a blender, put the tomatoes and chilies and pulse till chunky. Do not add all the boiled water in the blender or else the salsa will become too runny.
  3. Next, add in the garlic, chipotle chilies, coriander, salt, pepper and more water as required. I like the salsa a bit smoother so i pulsed it more.
  4. Remove in a serving bowl. Add in lemon and vinegar to this and mix well. Salsa is ready.
  5. Enjoy with Nachos, Burritos or wraps !

Mmmm… this is just delicioso ! The different chilis lend a beautiful color, aroma and flavour to this hot ‘n’ Spicy Salsa. I served these with home made Nachos dish (recipe here) and it was a brilliant combination. Later that week i made a fresh batch of this Salsa for Sopes (recipe coming soon), an authentic mexican dish. This Salsa has become my everyday condiment now and i enjoy with just about anything and everything. Try it and fall in Love !

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  1. yummy ,spicy and tasty, my favorite salsa 🙂

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