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Salsa for Barbacoa Tacos

Salsa for Barbacoa Tacos 2.500

Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post

Feb 24, 2010

This green salsa with arbol chili peppers complements the deep, earthy flavors of barbacoa. The dried peppers are available at larger grocery stores, including Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Giant and Whole Foods Markets.

Make Ahead: The salsa can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week; it will lose some of its heat over time.


Servings: 2.5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • Water
  • 3 to 5 whole dried arbol chili peppers (see headnote)
  • 1/3 medium white onion, coarsely chopped (1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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Directions

Combine the tomatillos and garlic cloves in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and place over medium heat. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tomatillos have softened and become pale green. Turn off the heat.

Heat a small, dry skillet over medium heat. Add the whole dried arbol chili peppers to taste and cook for about 2 minutes, turning them a few times, until their color darkens. Discard the stems, but do not seed the peppers.

Transfer the toasted peppers to a blender, then add the tomatillos and 1/4 cup of their cooking liquid. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add the onion, oregano, cumin, salt and black pepper. Puree until smooth, then transfer to a bowl for serving or storing. Taste, and add salt as needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


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Recipe Source

Based on a recipe from Mexican cookbook author Diana Kennedy; adapted by Pati Jinich, chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Tested by Patricia Jinich.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon serving: 6


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 54mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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