Martha’s Fire Roasted Salsa with Homemade Achiote Chips

Martha Stewart? Please! Martha does not make salsas…at least not like this. This salsa comes from the kitchen of my Aunt, or my “Tia Martha”. This salsa is the real deal. My aunt is an awesome cook and I always looked forward to her “carne asada” get togethers.  Not only did they always have great carne asada tacos, there was always an assortment of awesome salsas, quacamole, and traditional mexican desserts. Now that we moved to Seattle I am going to have to learn to make the authentic Mexican food I always took for granted.

This particular salsa was made a few months ago for my cousin’s 20th birthday. My aunt made the mistake of setting this salsa right next to Mark and my brother Danny…before all the other guests had arrived. As she set down the salsa I foresaw what was about to happen. From the very beginning I kept telling them to control themselves, and reminded them that not everyone had arrived yet. Fully ignoring me they would  take a chip dipped full of salsa, and every time they would say “OK, last one, I promise!”. With each bite they would groan and say this was the best salsa they had ever had. About 5 minutes and 1/3 of the salsa gone, I finally took it and set it on the opposite side of the table. This only deterred them for a few more minutes.

Mark still mentions that salsa to me, in hopes that I will try making it for him. And I did! I was hesitant because I am not the best at making salsas. I think it roots to one bad experience when my mom assigned me the task of making the salsa for dinner. She had all the ingredients ready to go and I just had to blend them. Since it was my first time I didn’t know what I was doing and I added water. A lot of water, actually. I thought it needed liquid to blend. Yes, I was so naive and I ended up with a soupy disaster. Since then, I have very seldomly attempted to make salsa.

I don’t know why I didn’t attempt sooner, because salsas are truly so easy to make. This salsa turned out so freakin good, although I’m not sure it was as good as my aunts. But she is the salsa pro, and I was extremely happy with my first good salsa.


  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers + *1-2 serrano peppers
  • 1 big tomato, or 2 medium ones
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • *1 Chipotle pepper from can
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • *1 tsp cumin
  • Handfull of cilantro
  • *1 tsp lime juice

Note: * Indicate my additions


  • Grill all of the veggies (except cilantro & chipotle).
  • Place in blender. Add cilantro, chipotle, seasoning, and lime
  • Taste and adjust seasoning

Achiote Chips:

  • Cut corn tortillas into triangles
  • Sprinkle with achiote powder (or paprika)
  • Fry the chips
  • Place on paper towel. Sprinkle more achiote powder and salt.


12 Responses to “Martha’s Fire Roasted Salsa with Homemade Achiote Chips”

  1. The chips and salsa look so good…I like these sorts of things for lunch:)

  2. Adelina Badalyan Says:

    Nice! I like the chips too! I love your title – you’re pretty funny.

  3. looks colourful and delicious

  4. Susana Cueva-Lopez Says:

    I love that you added the chipotle. Nice! Jaime still makes fun of me that I can never get those salsa’s straight. Not hot enough. still working on them…. 5 years still working on them. He always tells me if my mom has any salsa we can steal..

  5. Wow the salsa looks really amazing! I really have to try this recipe!

  6. Great looking Salsa, love all the peppers.

  7. You’re right; the OTHER Martha couldn’t make this, not even with her team of chefs! it looks amazing. I love the ingredient list. thanks so much for passing it along.

  8. My husband would love this! I might have to alter it a bit to be less spicy, but I’m sure it’d still be delicious 🙂

  9. This looks delicious! I love the combination of fresh, roasted, and smoky flavors!

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