I have been on a quest to find the best salsas for my family. I have had success with many Mexican salsas, but been disappointed with many of the salsa offerings from other countries. I decided to search for and discover the best Thai salsa.

I’d like to show you how I make Thai salsa roja, a very popular salsa in Mexico, but with a Thai twist. If you’ve never made salsa roja before, this recipe will show you how to make the salsa much like the way you’d make it in Mexico. I also include how to make Thai-style roasted red tomato salsa and Thai basil to go with the salsa roja.

The best part about cooking for a crowd is that you can make something for everyone. This is especially true for Mexican cuisine. It’s a universal family favorite and can be prepared with just about any meat, vegetable or fruit. But did you know that you can easily adapt the flavors of any Mexican dish to work in your Thai kitchen? Since Thai cuisine uses lots of fresh herbs and spices, Thai Salsa Roja- Mexican roasted tomato salsa with a Thai twist is a perfect way to add Thai flavors to your Mexican fare.

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I got a few requests for a red salsa, or Salsa Roja, when I posted my Easy Salsa Verde recipe. I went with our Thai Salsa, which has won awards!

Yes, you read it correctly. Last year, my husband and I joined a salsa competition at work, and we came up with a Thai-inspired roasted salsa. Because there is a kind of ‘Thai Salsa’ called jaew, this isn’t such a strange combo. It’s prepared using components that are quite similar to Mexican salsa, but it’s made by crushing them together in a mortar.

What distinguishes this as a Thai Fish sauce, or salsa roja, is the secret ingredient. You wouldn’t know there’s fish sauce in this since you can’t smell or taste it, but it adds a wonderful umami flavor to the salsa. This salsa took first place in the competition, yet the judges didn’t know what the components were since it was a blind tasting test. We were both ecstatic, particularly because it was the first time we had ever made it, and it was for a competition.

Thai Salsa Roja- Mexican roasted salsa with a Thai twist

Because the ingredients are all roasted on the grill, this salsa has a wonderful smokiness to it. The items may certainly be roasted in the oven, but if you want additional smokiness, I recommend using the grill. On a slotted grill pan, I put entire Roma tomatoes, garlic cloves, whole jalapenos, and white onion (halved). Everything was roasted for approximately 20 minutes on the grill, until the tomatoes and onions were tender. Place everything on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for a few minutes until the tomatoes and jalapeño are blistered.

Allow it cool somewhat before combining with cilantro, fresh lime juice, and fish sauce (the secret ingredient) in a blender! Blend until you have the appropriate consistency, then taste for flavor. To add additional taste, I sprinkled a little of salt on top. Place in a jar with a cover and refrigerate to chill. The salsa filled three pint mason jars and kept for a week in the fridge, but you’ll want to put it on everything!Thai Salsa Roja- Mexican roasted salsa with a Thai twist

Thai Salsa Roja- Mexican roasted salsa with a Thai twist

Roja Thai Salsa

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Salsa with Thai Influence

Instructions 

  • On a slotted grill pan, place the Roma tomatoes whole, garlic cloves, entire jalapenos, and white onion (halved).  

  • Cook for approximately 20 minutes on the grill, or until the tomatoes and onion are tender. Place everything on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for a few minutes until the tomatoes and jalapeño are blistered. 

  • Allow to cool before blending with lime juice, fish sauce, and cilantro in a blender. Taste after blending until desired consistency is achieved. To add additional taste, I sprinkled a little of salt on top.

  • Place in the refrigerator to chill in jars with lids. In the refrigerator, airtight jars will keep the salsa for approximately a week.

I don’t own a food blog, and I have no idea how to post one either. I just thought it would be cool to know how to pronounce Thai salsa roja, and also how to make it. So, I had a friend help me out, and we made a batch. Then we took some pictures of it, and a video. I think it turned out pretty good.. Read more about roasted salsa recipe and let us know what you think.

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