Originally Posted by ErgoErgun
I've been trying to make a slightly chunky hot salsa with seeds that is bright, bright red, and so far I haven't had luck. I tried using fresh roma tomatoes but when blended they turned the color more yellow. Then I tried boiling sundried tomatoes but when blended they turn the color more brown. In both cases I blended the tomatoes with chiles de arbol (red chilies), garlic powder, and salt. I really need help. I want a salsa that just doesn't look bright, bright red but also has great flavor. Any help? Thanks.
Let me see if I can help.
First you said "with seeds"... is that tomato seeds, or chile seeds? If it's tomato seeds, I don't see any problem, If it's chile seeds - no problem there either. Their effect on the colour of the sauce will be negligible. Chile seeds, incidentally, are not
the part of the chile which holds most heat. The vein, or placenta, does.
With the ingredients you suggest above, CHOP the Roma tomatoes, don't blend them. Make sure they're very, very ripe. Add a re-hydrated sundried tomato or two - not too much. Use fresh
garlic and an onion; a red onion, if you like. Don't go blending anything till the salsa is cooked ( if you like it cooked; I make most of mine fresh).Add a tiny amount of ground cumin and a pinch of oregano. Add a 1/2 tsp of annato powder, too. If the sauce is still a little pale, add a tsp of paprika powder.
Allow to cool. THEN blend quickly, if you want. An alternative for a chunky sauce is simply to use a potato masher.
Course, if you really want it red, you could add some of those famous Mexican beetles called Cochinilla
, commonly known as cochineal...