Authentic Mexican Salsa Taquera Recipe

Salsa Taquera is a Mexican salsa recipe you’ll find at nearly every single taco stand in Mexico. This very common salsa is the offspring of Mexico City street vendor culture, and it has evolved and spread throughout the country to the point today where nearly every taco vendor in Mexico serves some variation of this recipe in their salsa bar atop their tables.

Along with salsa verde and salsa roja, this authentic salsa taquera completes the holy trinity of the three most popular Mexican salsa recipes in existence. My Mexican amiga tells me “salsa taquera is irresistible to Mexicans,” and explains that it is so popular that the huge Mexican grocery companies Herdez and Del Monte started producing their own variety that you can just buy at the grocery store and use without having to whip up your own, if you’re feeling especially lazy.

This salsa is easy to make and very versatile, as you can use in with just about any taco you can possibly make. I’m going to show you how to make it with a blender, which is faster and more practical for a lot of people (pictured below). But if you really want to go old school and make this the traditional Mexican way, they way many Mexicans’ ancestors did centuries ago, you can use an molcajete (a pestle and mortar, pictured above) to make it. So with that out of the way, let’s get to making this legendary Mexican salsa!

Cook Time: 15 minutes


10 tomatillos (green ones)
2 small roman tomatoes
6 chipotle chiles (3 if you’re not used to spicy food)
1 chile serrano (serrano pepper)
2 cups water
1 tbsp dry oregano
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1/8 cup white vinegar
2 cloves of garlic


Boil the tomatillos and the tomatoes together.

Once boiled, drain them and place in blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and blend it all.

And that’s really all there is to it! Use this to dress your tacos and add another dimension of flavor to them. This super easy Mexican salsa recipe goes especially well with meaty tacos like carne asada and tacos al pastor, but you can use this salsa taquera recipe for just about any authentic Mexican recipe that is served with salsas (of which there are a LOT.) Provecho!

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  1. Posted May 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    This salsa sounds spicy and delicious! I could live on salsas in the summer. 🙂 It’s nice to have a variety of different ones to choose from.

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