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Salsa Negra (Salsa Baja)

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This is a recipe I found for the Salsa Negra (or Salsa Baja) from Baja Fresh. The trick behind the flavor (and color) in this recipe is the heavily roasted tomatoes.

Here are the ingredients for the recipe:
10 large tomatoes for grilling/broiling
2 jalapenos (adjust amount for heat)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 large onion - coarsely chopped
1 tbsp garlic - chopped
1 can clear chicken/vegetable broth
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup cilantro - chopped
2-3 fresh tomatoes - diced
Salt to taste

 
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Step 1: Prepare the tomatoes

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Set your oven to Broil - High.
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with a non-stick cooking spray.
Cut tomatoes in half and place, cut side up, on cookie sheet.
Sprinkle with salt
Place the tomatoes in the oven and leave them to broil for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on your oven.


Step 2: Prepare the other ingredients

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While you are waiting for the tomatoes to broil, add the garlic, lemon juice, onion, oil, and a small amount of the broth in a food processor and puree until almost liquid.
Transfer to a large bowl.

Step 3: Don't throw these away!

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When the tomatoes/peppers are roasted, place them in the food processor with a little more of the broth, and puree until almost liquid.

Step 4: Almost done!

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Add the pureed tomatoes/peppers to the onion mixture.
Chop the fresh tomatoes and cilantro, and add to the mixture.
Stir it all together, add the rest of the broth until the salsa has a slightly less than watery texture.
Add salt to taste, and start dipping those chips!

Lacimeh2 years ago
Nice alternative way to blacken tomatoes inside using oven. Now I can make salsa in the winter.

If you have the option however, leave them whole, coat them in Crisco and cook them on a charcoal grill flipping once starting with top down. Turns out fantastic and gives you the flame grilled taste.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
This is my FAVORITE kind of salsa! I thought it was chipotle or something that made it the color it is.  I'm so going to remember this recipe!
bodie4 years ago
 Ok, this looks WRONG.  But I gotta tell ya, if this is wrong, then I don't wanna be right!  It is DELICIOUS!