This Salsa Macha recipe is a spicy, oil-based chili that is perfect to add to any authentic Mexican dish. It’s nutty, savory, and super easy to make!
Salsa Macha Recipe
Salsa macha is also known as “sesame seed salsa” or “Mexican chili oil”. It originated in the Mexican state of Veracruz that consists of dried chilies, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sometimes peanuts. There are so many different ways to make it and I can tell you right now that every salsa mocha recipe you find will be different! I’ve had salsa mocha made with peanuts before and it was yummy but I prefer sesame seeds and pepitas.
I learned to make this recipe from my good friend Edgar. He is a Mexican-American plant-based chef and recipe developer. He taught a salsa 101 cooking class where he taught us to make a variety of different authentic salsas. His salsa macha recipe was my absolute favorite. I have tried a lot of different salsa machas in my life but this one takes the cake. Edgar also wrote an incredible cookbook called Provecho with a ton of other delicious Latin-American recipes so make sure to check it out!
Ingredients & Recommendations:
- Avocado oil: I use avocado oil because it has a very high smoking point and it is also heart-healthy. You can also use canola oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil. Olive oil had a lower smoking point so if using it make sure to not heat it up too much.
- Chiles de arbol: These chilies are spicy a must for this recipe! If you are sensitive to spicy, make sure to take out as many seeds as you can when deseeding. The recipe as is is about a 6/10 spice level for a typical Mexican girl like me so feel free to adjust chili portions.
- Chile Pasilla: This chili is much milder so add more of this one to supplement the chili de arbol if you are looking to make a milder salsa. Make sure to deseed this one too!
- Garlic: You can never have too much garlic am I right? Add as much as you’d like. My sweet spot is about 1/2 cup of garlic.
- Piloncillo or Brown sugar: Piloncillo is a Mexican-style unrefined cane sugar that typically comes in a solid form usually cone-shaped. This hint of sweetness helps balance out all the flavors in this salsa.
- Pumpkin seeds: Highly recommend using pumpkin seeds for extra protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, and so much more. The flavor and texture they add to this salsa is also INSANE.
- Sesame seeds: Do not skip these! Avoid black sesame seeds if possible.