Cranberry Salsa Macha

Salsa macha is an oil-based, chile-nut salsa from Veracruz, Mexico, that's often served with fish. Our taste panel wanted to put it on just about everything. Use it as a dip, topping for your favorite protein, on avocado toast, just about anything.

Cranberry Salsa Macha
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 1/2 cups


  • 1 ounce dried pasilla chiles

  • 1 ounce dried morita or chipotle chiles

  • 2 cup grapeseed oil

  • 5 garlic cloves, halved

  • ½ cup roasted unsalted sunflower kernels

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers (flor de jamaica), rinsed and chopped

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried mint


  1. Stem, seed, and, if desired, devein chiles. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine grapeseed oil, garlic, and sunflower kernels; cook over medium about 15 minutes or until garlic is golden. (Garlic will take about 4 minutes to brown once the oil comes to a simmer.)

  3. Remove grapeseed oil mixture from heat. Add chiles, cranberries, chia seeds, and hibiscus; let cool 30 minutes.

  4. Transfer mixture to a food processor. Add vinegar, mint, and 2 tsp. kosher salt; pulse nine to 10 times or until mixture is emulsified and sunflower kernels are broken up but the mixture isn't a paste.

  5. Serve over eggs, grilled fish, or with bread for dipping. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

241 Calories
24g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1.5mg 8%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 59mg 1%
Folate, total 10.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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