Tacohuaco

This is Artem’s attempt to find an alternative to salsa verde, traditionally made with tomatillos, but made from ingredients available in Germany. He wanted to achieve its sour-bitter freshness and is using green bell peppers for that. Of course, it’s incomparable to the original. Still, one has to be creative in a country where almost nothing grows, and even the most basic vegetables are imported and very expensive.

Keywords: green sauce

Ingredients

Yields 200 ml

  1. 2 green bell peppers
  2. 2 fresh jalape√Īos
  3. 1 onion
  4. 2‚Äď3 cloves of garlic
  5. salt

You will need

  1. blender or food processor

Directions

  1. Prepare the vegetables. Onion: peel and halve. Garlic: peel.
  2. Char (blister) all the vegetables without adding any oil on a skillet sat on medium heat, until they softened a bit. Don’t worry if they look burned, this will add an amazing flavor to our salsa!
  3. Remove the skillet from heat, and let the vegetables cool down a bit.
  4. When the¬†vegetables are cold enough to¬†touch them, remove the¬†roots and¬†seeds of¬†the¬†bell peppers, and¬†cut the¬†roots of¬†the¬†jalape√Īos.
  5. Puree the vegetables with a pinch of salt using a blender or a food processor until you have a smooth paste (but not too smooth, some texture is nice to have here).
  6. Add more salt if needed.

Notes & tips

This salsa will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for one or two weeks.
The easiest way to peel garlic is to smash it: put a clove of garlic on a cutting board, put your chef’s knife on top of it so the blade side lays on the clove, and hit the side of the knife with your hand. Now you could peel the clove.
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