Category Archives: Tomatillo Sauce/Salsa

A Burrito’s Better Half

What makes a perfect burrito? To us, it’s the perfect tomatillo salsa that goes with the burrito. In this post, we will share with you our spicy sauce recipe. It’s a smoky flavor involving chipotle chilies in adobo sauce. We’ve been told it tastes very similar to Chipotle’s hot tomatillo sauce. Ours tends to be on the HOTTER side, so beware and adjust each amount accordingly! 🙂 Are you ready? Here it goes!

Things you will Need:

1 can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (this can be found in the Latin American section in the grocery store)
12-14 pieces of dried arbol chilies (also can be in found in the L.A. section)



1-2 pieces of sun dried tomato (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

*not pictured are the can of adobo chili and sun dried tomato*

What to Do:

Before we begin, it will be IMMENSELY helpful if you have a food processor/food chopper handy. If you don’t have this available, you will risk the chance of making your sauce very very chunky and gross. So, please, do yourself a favor and use this handy device! 😛

First slice the onion in half. Loosely wrap the onion in aluminum foil and stick it in the oven until it is slightly charred around the edges.



So, while the onion is in the broiler, get your chilies and garlic (you can use however much you desire. We used around 4 pieces of garlic) and lightly toast them on a fry pan.

Next, take the chilies and garlic off the pan and let them cool. After that, slice the stems of the chilies off. At this time, you can take out the seeds that are in the chilies to make the sauce less spicy.

Next, place the de-stemmed chilies, garlic, and tomatoes into a small pot of boiling salted water. Lower the heat, and let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Ok, so now, the hard part is over! Take out your food chopper and put in two generous tablespoons of the chipotle chilies. Also, put in your onion and chop chop chop!

Next, put in the chillies, garlic, and tomatoes into the chopper and continue to chop chop chop! You will notice that your sauce is very thick. At this time, put in the water used to boil the chillies into the chopper and continue to work the food processor. Continue doing so until you get the right consistency (if you like it more liquidy, put more water). Also, if you find the sauce to be too spicy, use regular water instead of the boiled water. Please don’t go overboard with the water, as it will dilute all the hard flavors you tried so hard to create.

Next, put in the cilantro and add in the salt. Add in pinchfuls of salt and turn on the food processor and then taste until you get that perfect taste. This may take a few tries. Be sure to add pinchfuls at a time, though! You don’t want to oversalt the salsa!

Final Product!

Beautiful, ain’t it? all it needs is the perfect burrito…next update! 🙂