First of all, Dirty Dancing Havana Nights is one of my favorite movies. The music, the dancing, and let's not forget Diego Luna. In honor of Diego Luna and his amazing dancing, play the song below while you read this post. Now that you've set the mood, let's get started.

Having lived in Michigan most of my life, I've been used to eating sub par Mexican food and grew to love that. However last month when me and my family went to Cancun for a week, I knew I had been missing out on something big. The amazing flavors of corn tortillas, super flavorful meat (or beans for you vegetarians), fresh salsas and Crema Mexicana mesh together for a completely different experience of eating simple tacos. Now that I had officially been converted to a taco snob, I was determined to only eat the best of tacos I could find.

Conveniently the bay area is filled with the most amazing food, especially when it comes to taco trucks. Each taco truck I've visited usually has a side of a few salsas. I was determined to recreate two of my favorite taco truck salsas, an avocado tomatillo salsa and a spicy red chili salsa, as authentic as possible.

I found a few recipes online, and experimented on my own and finally ended up with these recipes!

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Feel free to adjust the number of chilis based on your own spice tolerance. You can also remove the seeds of the chilis to reduce their spice as well. Also keep in mind that this salsa tends to be the milder balance to the other super spicy red salsa.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 4-5 serrano chilies
  • 1 cup packed cilantro, chopped
  • ½ white onion minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 ripe Hass Avocado
  • Lime juice to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Directions:

    Blend all ingredients together in your blender until smooth.

    Red Chili Tomatillo Salsa

    Again, feel free to adjust the number of chilis based on your own spice tolerance. You can also remove the seeds of the chilis to reduce their spice as well. I made mine super spicy and had no complaints so I say go for it!

    Ingredients:

  • 5-6 tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1-2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • ½ white onion minced
  • 6-7 hot dried red chilies, stemmed
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Directions:

    Dry roast the chilies and garlic until you can really smell them and they both have darkened a bit. Blend these along with the rest of the ingredients together in your blender until smooth.

    Make sure to check out my post coming out soon about food truck style tacos I made!