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Sauces and Condiments, Vegetarian

Costa Azul's house salsa

Costa Azul's house salsa
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Dear SOS: On vacation, my husband and I ate at an amazing restaurant in Coronado, Calif., called Costa Azul. It has the best smoked salsa we've ever had. Unfortunately, we live 2 1/2 hours away. I asked the waiter for ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Makes 2 cups
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 to 2 habanero peppers
  • 1 dried guajillo pepper
  • 1 dried ancho pepper
  • 2 to 3 dried japones peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups peeled and seeded tomatoes
  • 2 cups fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Roast all the peppers, garlic and onion to char with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil on a sheet pan. Puree, and then blend with the tomatoes, salt, pepper and cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasonings and flavoring as desired.

Note: Adapted from Costa Azul restaurant in Coronado, Calif.

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