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Crispina’s Masa de chile seco – Dried chili salsa


Crispina makes this salsa on a metate made of volcanic stone to make silky smooth sauce. Guajillo chilies have a tough skin that only a metate can reduce to a fine purée. We improvised by using a food processor and passing the salsa through a sieve. The result is perfectly acceptable and quicker than grinding […]

Mexicans and their Salsas – Part 2

heros de la revolucion

Once we crossed the border into Chiapas, our salsa “joy ride” took on a new dimension. Like the beautiful, emblematic, colonial city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, the salsas we tasted were traditional in appearance, but revolutionary in character. San Cristobal came to international attention in 1994 when Zapatista rebels, lead by the eloquent, […]

Mexicans and their Salsas – Part 1


Celiflor’s answer was clear and direct, much like the Zapotec language she speaks with her in-laws, Crispina and Fernando Sanchez-Lopez. After marrying their son Manuel five years ago, she moved in with them in Teotitlan del Valle, a small town on the outskirts of Oaxaca. Teotitlan is famous for its hand-woven wool carpets and its […]