Salsa de Molcajete


Salsa de molcajete is a salsa that is ground using none other than a molcajete itself, which is also known to be  similar to a mortar and pestle. Many salsas in Mexico used to be prepared this way, however now most are made using blenders. 

This specific salsa is one I grew up with, and one that I eat many of my favorite soups with! One of the best things about this salsa, other than how amazing it is, is that it is so easy to make.  Also, don’t worry if you don’t have a molcajete or a mortar and pestle. This salsa can be made using a bowl and a glass cup!


  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 4 Jalapeños 
  • 1/2 Tsp of salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Garlic Clove

    1. Using a skillet, roast the tomatoes and the jalapeños until they are charred. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.
    2. Once the tomatoes and jalapeños are roasted , discard the charred skin by peeling it off.
    3. Using the molcajete, grind the jalapeños and the garlic clove until they are roughly grounded. If you’re using a bowl, grind the ingredients using the cup.
    4. Then add in the tomatoes and continue to grind them.
    5. Finally, add in the salt and continue to grind all of the ingredients together until well blended. 


TIPS: Add in more jalapeños and less tomatoes for a spicier salsa, and less jalapeños and more tomatoes for a less spicier salsa.



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