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Salsa Doña Tacodeli copycat recipe from The Faux Martha

Salsa Doña

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


This is a copycat recipe of Tacodeli’s Salsa Doña. It’s a creamy, spicy salsa best served with salty chips and a slightly sweet drink. Note: this salsa is best made atleast one day in advance. See notes for alternate cooking method.



1 lb. jalapeños
4 cloves of garlic, skin on
1/4 c. grapeseed oil (or similar neutral oil)
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Place baking rack in the upper third of your oven. Preheat on broil.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the stems off the jalapeños and carefully remove the seeds without piercing holes in the sides of the pepper using a paring knife or grapefruit spoon or a combination of both. (Note: Wear food-safe gloves or skip touching your eyes during this process. Wash your hand thoroughly afterwards.)
  3. Place jalapeños and garlic on a baking sheet then place under the broiler to char. Once skins of the peppers char on top, flip, and char the other side. Remove the garlic after flipping the peppers and place in a container with a lid.(Note: Watch closely during the charring process as broilers vary greatly from oven to oven. With that said, I’m purposely omitting an exact times and instead giving visual cues. For reference, in my oven, it took 20 minutes total, taking the garlic out after 10 minutes and flipping the peppers. My broiler tends to run low and my jalapeños were quite large.)
  4. Once charred, place peppers in the container with the garlic, and cover for 10 minutes to steam.
  5. Remove the garlic peels and rub the skins of the peppers off. The skins should slide right off.
  6. Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend on high until smooth, about 40 seconds. Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Salsa is best after a day of rest, once the flavors have had time to calm down and meld together.


On a whim, I tested the boiling method, where you boil the entire jalapeño, adding in the garlic at the end. It’s a great alternative and an overall quicker prep time as you don’t have to peel the peppers. I’m partial to the flavor of the roasted, but either route is a good one! To make, boil the jalapeños for about 15-20 minutes or until they become tender and lose their bright green color. Add the garlic in at the last 2 minutes of cooking, peel and all. Remove from the water. With your gloved hands (a plastic bag or wax paper bag will do) remove the stem and seeds. Remove the peel of the garlic and blend as directed above.

Recipe adapted from Brisket and Bagels.

  • Prep Time: 30 min.
  • Cook Time: 20 min.
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