Absolutely Perfect Salsa Ranchera

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
A beautifully delicious salsa ranchera that is full of flavors and spices.

I remember going home to L.A. and trips to the Giant Dollar store. Mom would purchase at least 10 jars of La Costeña brand salsa ranchera. There weren’t many commercial brands she liked, but this one was delicious! This is my version of salsa ranchera, prepared with chile de árbol. You could prepare this recipe using a few jalapeños for a milder version. Serve with chips or as a garnish for your favorite Mexican food; it is truly an absolutely perfect salsa ranchera!


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  1. Remove the stems and seeds from the chile ancho. If chile de árbol has stems, remove them as well, leaving seeds intact.
  2. Add all of the ingredients, minus the oregano, cumin and salt, to a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and transfer to the blender. Add the oregano, cumin and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for salt. Cool completely before storing in an airtight storage container.
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