Salsa Macha

Salsa macha is a spicy condiment from Mexico, specifically the Veracruz region, made primarily of dried chile peppers and nuts and/or seeds. You might find a few variations across Mexico, but this one has straightforward simplicity and easy-to-procure ingredients. Also, the use of dried chipotles means it has some intense heat. Use salsa macha as a dip for chips, dollop it onto grilled fish, or stir it into other salsas, guacamole and even stews.

Salsa Macha
Photo: Ryan Liebe
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 ½ ounces whole dried chipotle chiles (about 12)

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • ½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, crushed

  • Zest of 2 limes

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Toast chipotles in a dry skillet over medium-high heat until they become fragrant and more brittle, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely.

  2. Discard any stems and seeds from the chipotles. Transfer the chipotles to a food processor or spice grinder and pulse until crushed into small bits.

  3. Combine the crushed chipotles and oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer; cook until the chipotles are very soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanuts, lime zest and salt.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

99 Calories
9g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Serving Size 1 Tbsp.
Calories 99
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Vitamin K 5mcg 4%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Magnesium 8mg 2%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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