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Salsa Macha

Salsa macha is a unique and delicious Mexican salsa. It has an addictive smoky flavor and it goes great with many of your favorite foods. This salsa is easy to make and lasts a long time in the fridge.

A delicious Mexican salsa that is big on flavor!

Salsa macha has become my favorite salsa during the winter months. Since tomatoes are not in season I can’t make the usual fresh salsas. So this is my go to. But salsa macha is amazing anytime of the year.

This salsa is originally from Veracruz which is also where my husband is from. We are both obsessed with this salsa. We enjoy it almost daily!

Salsa macha is amazing on a lot of things. I like it as a snack on arepas, toasted corn tortillas, eggs, vegetables, rice and beans. But my husband is something else…. he put this on his stuffing during Christmas dinner. I wanted to gag.

I love stuffing and I love salsa macha but I do not think they belong together. He actually does this with a lot of food and I just try to resist the urge to tell him to stop. After all it’s his food he can eat how he likes. Right?

I do however enjoy adding a bit of this salsa to my soups when serving. It’s really good in some caldo de pollo or chicken tortilla soup. It adds a wonderful smoky spicy flavor that I can’t get enough of.

salsa macha is made with really simple ingredients but is big on flavor!

I make this salsa with mostly morita chilies and a few arbol chilies. The morita chilies have a smoky and slightly sweet taste to them and the arbol chilies add extra heat.

You can completely omit the arbol chilies if you like. The morita chilies will still provide plenty of heat.

This is salsa is very easy to make. However it is very important that you don’t burn the chilies. If you do the salsa will end up with a bitter taste.

You can use the flavored oil as a dip for crusty bread. I prefer to eat the bits at the bottom. Whichever way you choose to eat it, it is amazing!

salsa macha is made with really simple ingredients but is big on flavor!

Salsa Macha

I hope you will be brave enough to try this spicy salsa. You won’t regret it! If you make it please come back and tell me what you thought. If you liked this recipe please give it a rating below thanks!

A delicious Mexican salsa that is big on flavor!
3.89 from 36 votes

Salsa Macha

This unique spicy salsa goes great with all of your favorite Mexican dishes! A little will go a long way!

Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican recipes, pork, tamales
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 65 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 1/2 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 15 morita chilies seeds removed
  • 5 arbol chilies seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat a pot over medium heat and toast the sesame seeds.
  2. Transfer the seeds to a blender.
  3. Add the oil to the pot.
  4. When oil is hot add the morita chilies and fry until the chilies start to puff up. This should take less than 30 seconds.
  5. Transfer chilies to blender. Then fry the arbol chilies for a few seconds until slightly darkened in color. Then transfer to blender.
  6. Fry the garlic cloves until they turn a golden color and transfer to blender.
  7. Let the chilies and the oil in the pot cool for about 10-15 min.
  8. Blend the ingredients in the blender for about 10 seconds or until ground into a pulp, add a little bit of the oil if needed.
  9. Add the rest of the oil and blend for 20 seconds more.
  10. Transfer salsa to a bowl and add vinegar and salt to taste.
  11. Serve and refrigerate any leftovers.

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Nutrition Facts
Salsa Macha
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Salsa Macha is a unique Mexican salsa that is big on flavor!
salsa macha is made with really simple ingredients but is big on flavor!
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Sunday 12th of March 2023

I made a salsa macha but it used 15 chile de arbol and 2 guajidos but its not spicy what did i do wrong? I was introduced to it a few years ago and it was black, and even just a drop was super spicy. Mine is red and not spicy


Wednesday 15th of March 2023

That’s odd a salsa that uses 15 chile de arbol should definitely be spicy. I can’t say for sure what went wrong as I don’t know how you made it.

Melissa Booth

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

I have CHili Meco, I know they are also a type of chipotle, like the morita, would those work as well? I can't wait to make this salsa!


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Are you using dried chilies?


Thursday 24th of December 2020



Saturday 17th of October 2020

I’m addicted to this! It is So so good. I put it on everything. I just made it this week for the first time and already had to make another batch but this time I doubled the recipe because it’s gone so quick.


Wednesday 4th of November 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It is probably my favorite salsa ever!


Sunday 9th of August 2020

What type of vinegar do you recommend for this Salsa Macha ?


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

I use white

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