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Sauces and Condiments

Salsa Macha

Salsa Macha
Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

Mixing toasted dried chiles with fresh uncooked olive oil results in a salsa that’s more like a sambal or chile oil. While salsa macha often includes nuts, this version uses sesame seeds to impart a nutty taste. Orange zest and ... Read more

10 minutes. Makes about 1 ½ cups.
  • 1 ½ ounces dried ancho chiles, stemmed
  • 1 ounce dried cascabel or guajillo chiles, stemmed
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more
  • 1 small orange

Step 1Heat a comal or large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Place both chiles and the garlic on the hot surface in a single layer. Toast, turning often, until the chiles are brittle and a shade darker and the garlic is blistered in spots, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 2Transfer the chiles and garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and add the oil, sesame seeds and salt. Pulse until well mixed. Zest the orange peel directly into the processor, then halve the orange and squeeze in its juice. Pulse once or twice just to incorporate. Taste and season with more salt if needed.

The salsa can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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