Condiment/Spread

Hot Salsa

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September 15, 2015
Photo by Susan W
Author Notes

Whenever I go home to San Diego, a trip to Rubios for a Baja fish taco is always on the top of my "must have" list. I love grabbing a fish taco and walking down to the Crystal Pier at sunset. After looking on the internet and finding a few copycat recipes, I tinkered with it until it looked and tasted like Rubios' salsa. —Susan W

  • Makes 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 15 ounces can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup dried chili flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. I like to grind one half of the chili flakes in a spice grinder. This makes for a very spicy salsa, so beware. If you don't want it to be that spicy, leave the flakes whole and feel free to reduce the amount to 1/4 cup. Toast the flakes in a dry skillet over medium heat until they are dark brown, but not black. This usually takes 4-5 minutes. Add the ground flakes, if using, for just the last 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce and water. Let simmer 5-10 minutes. Add salt and sugar and let simmer another 2-4 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Especially salt. It will taste very bland and too tomatoey without enough salt. Cool and refrigerate. This salsa tastes better when cool or cold. Enjoy!!

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