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Drunken Pasilla, Prune and Orange Salsa

3 cups
Salsa Borracha de Pasilla, Ciruela y Naranja


  • 6 to 8 pasilla chiles, stemmed and seeded, about 2 ounces
  • 2 cloves garlic, with husks on
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted prunes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

To Prepare

  • Set a skillet or comal over medium heat and, once hot, toast the chiles for about 1 minute per side, being careful not to burn them. Remove from heat.
  • Roast, or char, the garlic cloves for about 6 to 8 minutes either on the same skillet or comal, or under a broiler for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and peel away the husks once the cloves have cooled.
  • Place the toasted chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with the boiling water, beer and orange juice. Add the prunes to the pan and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Put the chiles, prunes and cooking liquid into a blender, along with the garlic and salt. Puree until smooth and serve.