Chile de Árbol Salsa

A seriously spicy sauce that adds garlicky-heat to everything from burritos to eggs.


By Stephen Tanner

Updated on July 25, 2022

This spicy chile-and-garlic salsa comes from Brooklyn-based chef and musician Stephen Tanner, and does well atop nachos, burritos, and eggs. Use it sparingly!

What You Will Need


  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Quarter of a medium white onion, chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • 3–4 cups dried chile de árbol, stems removed
  • 1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste


Step 1

To a large skillet, add the oil and heat over medium-high. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chiles and cook for 1–2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and ¼ cup water; cook until the tomatoes begin to break down, 8–10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender with salt and ½ cup cool. water; purée until smooth. Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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