Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Salsa de Chile Chipotle

Recipe by Steven Raichlen


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  • 4 to 6 tomatillos (about 8 ounces), husked and washed
  • 4 plum tomatoes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 small white onion, cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles with 2 teaspoons can juices
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

Step 1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat to medium-high.

Step 2: Char-grill the vegetables on the grill until they are browned on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes for the tomatillos, tomatoes, and onion, and about 4 to 5 minutes for the garlic. (Impale the garlic on toothpicks or a skewer to keep them from falling through the grill grate.)

Step 3: Place the vegetables in a food processor. Add the chipotles, cilantro, salt, and sugar. Puree to a coarse paste, running the processor in short bursts. Correct the seasoning, adding additional salt or sugar.