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Feb 1, 2006 12:12 AM

Tito's Tacos Red Salsa Recipe

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Anybody have a similar recipe to share? I have been trying for years and still can't come up with anything to compare. Thanks.

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  1. I've also been trying for years.

    I'm thinking it has oregano in it.

    I could make a meal of just their salsa and chips.

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    1. re: mar52

      Me too and I do... Tito's is about 40 mile round trip for me, but I have been eating there since I was a kid when it was on Sepulveda and that was a long time ago. :)
      Lots of pepper
      Anybody want to add their thoughts?

    2. I'm not familiar with the product to which you refer since I live on the East Coast, but if the ingredient that is lacking is oregano be aware that there is an herb known as Mexican oregano. It is not the same as Mediterranean oregano, Origanum vulgare. Mexican oregano is in the verbena family, scientific name is Lippia graveolens.

      I assume from your second posting that you live in CA. You should be able to find Mexican oregano in a mercado or tienda. I have to import it from TX.

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      1. re: ChiliDude

        Thank you and yes, we are in California. Tito's Tacos is a local take out restaurant in Culver City, near UCLA sorta, with "gringo" type of Mexican food. Their salsa is so good though! Yes, we do have Mexican Oregano here. It is available at any of the markets.

      2. I'd like to know the secret too-wonder if LA Times SOS column (or whatever it's called) ever printed a recipe request.

        What stands out to me is an abundance of not-necessarily-red-or-ripe tomatoes (spongey restaurant quality), lots of black pepper, something sour but maybe not lime or lemon (white vinegar? tomatillos, although it's not necessarily very greenish in color?), very small amount of serranos/jalapenos, garlic and/or onion....pulverized into a chunky red and white juicy salsa. Let us know if you figure it out!

        1. I used to ride my bike to the corner for Tito's 25ยข tacos and FREE guacamole. Now they should give me a senior citizen discount.

          I think that they process everything for that consistancy. I don't believe it's chopped.

          There is definitely black pepper in it, but I don't think there are serano peppers in it.

          The liquid that is left over when I pull out the solids with my chips isn't very citrus or vinegary.

          Don't put cheese on my Tito's tacos!

          1. It's been awhile since I've had Tito's salsa, so excuse me if my memory is off here. I seem to remember something oily about the salsa, it had a "smoothness" in taste/mouth feel. Or was it oil from the chips?

            So yeah, I'd add a touch of oil to the processor.

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            1. re: figgy

              Does anyone have the guacamole recipe?