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Types of Salsas

Salsa Cruda

Salsa Cruda, also known as Salsa Fresca, Mexicana and Bandera, is made from a variety of ingredients including tomatoes, onions, peppers and herbs such as cilantro. The ingredients are fresh, and are chopped and combined. No cooking is required. This type of salsa is commonly known as pico de gallo, which is often served with fajitas and burritos.

Salsa Ranchera

This salsa is made from tomatoes, peppers or chilies, and spices. The ingredients in this sauce are chopped, cooked and pureed. It is commonly served on eggs in the dish known as huevos rancheras.

Salsa Brava

Brava is a mild sauce that is cooked. It's ingredients include tomatoes, peppers, onions and other items which vary depending on personal taste. It differs from other salsa in that it also includes paprika. This type of sauce is commonly served on potatoes, along with some mayonnaise, in a dish called patatas bravas.

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde is made with tomatillos instead of tomatoes. It also includes garlic, onion, peppers and a variety of spices, depending on the particular recipe. The ingredients are chopped, boiled and pureed. This type of salsa is likely to be found with nachos, but can also be used as a marinade or a topping for chicken or pork.

Salsa Taquera

This salsa is typically made from tomatillos, morita peppers and chile de arbol. The ingredients are cooked either through roasting or in a skillet, then blended in a food processor until smooth. Salsa Taquera is meant for tacos and tends to be a little spicier and smoother in texture than other salsas.


This is a sauce that is constructed mainly from avocados. It also features serrano chilies, onion and lemon juice. Tomatoes can be added as well. This type of salsa is not cooked. The avocados are stirred to a creamy consistency, then the additional ingredients are added in. Guacamole is often served with nachos, fish tacos, fajitas and burritos.

Mango Salsa

In addition to mangoes, this salsa can include onions, cucumber and red pepper. Similar to salsa cruda, the ingredients are chopped and mixed together, and no cooking is required. It is a sweet salsa and is likely to be served with salmon, skewered meat and chicken.


Mole is a very unique blend of salsa in that it is thick and smooth in consistency. Basic ingredients include onions, tomatoes and garlic. You can also add cinnamon, raisins and even bitter chocolate.

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