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How to Make Red Salsa

Learn how to make red salsa from Brooklyn Taco Co. chef/owner Jesse Kramer in this Howcast video.


Today I'm going to show you how to make red table sauce. You can find hundreds if not thousands of combinations of salsa, but I'm going to break it down to flavors that I like. We have roasted tomato, jalapeño for spice and crunch, some onions, garlic, lime for the acidity, and then I also like at the end to put a little crunch in it, so I have chunky tomatoes. I'll use a little bit of the onions and then we have chipotle and adobo sauce to really add some depth and some smokiness.

So I'm going to pour a little bit of the onion and garlic. Some people say it's not good to use raw garlic, so we're going to cook it a little bit by putting the acid in that, which is lime juice. Alright. I'm going to put the chipotle and adobo sauce, add that smokiness. And you can add as much heat as you want, it's entirely up to you. Add a little pinch of salt. Here's a little water to allow us to get a nice, smooth consistency. You don't have to follow this recipe word for word, you just got to decide what you like and work from there. So now I'm just going to make a nice, smooth salsa here.

Beautiful. And really when you roast the tomatoes you add a completely different depth to the flavor, because you brown the outside adds a nice sweet, smoky flavor to it, and you're really concentrating the flavor when you cook the tomatoes and reduce the water content. You can make it super smooth or chunky, however you wish. I like a little body in my red sauce. Alright, so here we are. I'm going to put this in. It's so easy guys, it's so easy. I like my food really spicy so we're going to put a little chunky jalapenos, a little bit of chunky white onion, a little chunky tomato, mix it all together and it is amazing here. So here you are, you're just going to mix it around. You want to make all of those ingredients mix evenly. You're going to taste it. You always have to taste your food before you serve it.

And if you need a little bit of a pick up, you just add a little bit of white vinegar or a little bit more lime and that will bring up the flavor's acidities, really open up your taste buds and allow you to taste more flavor. I'm going to try it now. Yum, man that was good. That will go awesome on chips, tacos, you name it. You're ready.

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