basic yucatecan tomato sauce


Basic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce

Basic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce


Recipe Yield

2 cups

Cooking time

20 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.84 from 6 votes


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 whole habanero chile optional
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste

To Prepare

  • Heat a comal over medium heat and place the tomatoes, quarter onion and whole habanero (if using) on it, and toast for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping once in between, until completely charred. Alternatively, place on a baking sheet under the broiler, and broil for 10 to 12 minutes, flipping once, until completely roasted. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Chop the charred onion, as well as the habanero, removing its seeds.
  • Completely mash the tomatoes in a molcajete, and incorporate the onion, cilantro, and salt.
  • First, add half of the habanero and mash until well mixed. Taste for heat and add more habanero if desired.
  • Alternatively, put the ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until fully combined but still chunky.


6comments inBasic Yucatecan Tomato Sauce

  1. Bree

    Aug 15

    Made this to go with pork and beans. I added a roasted garlic clove as well. Three times I tried to take a taste of it to my husband who was working in the garage and three times I ate it before I made it to him. Lol! Absolutely top notch.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 16

      Hahahaha, Bree you made me laugh! So glad you loved this recipe as much as I do, yay 🙂

  2. Edmund

    Dec 18

    This is my new Monday night favorite. I make it Sunday and let it rest until Monday giving the flavors a chance to meld. So good! Oh! I also top with a dollar of sour cream 😋

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Oh, yummy! So glad you like this Salsa Edmund 😉

  3. Richard Parks

    Oct 01

    Sounds so good.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Thank you! Enoy it Richard 😉

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