Mochi-mochi, I think I figured out something about Tito's salsa
- petradish Feb 6, 2006 12:46 AM
So while eating our gringo tacos today at Tito's, Mr. Creosote and I were picking through the salsa (and the dumpster, clearly we've hit a new low) to look for clues.
Upon closer inspection (see photos), we noticed tiny bits of carrot and that the chiles seemed an olivey green color intead of bright, and I'd mentioned a possible vinegar connection in your previous inquiry. Well, when you eat just the little bits of carrot, they tasted slightly vinegary and cooked...so I'm thinking there's pickled/marinated Mexican vegetables in it. Yeah? Oh, and judging from their garbage, they use a bunch of different kinds of tomatoes, including Romas. Hope this helps.
You must try the tacos without the cheese! theytaste MUCH better that way!
The carrots come from their incorporating some of their green sauce (diced pickled jalapenos and carrots) into the salsa.
Maybe we're all over guessing and it's simply a little of the green sauce, some salt and pepper and a lot of tomatoes put through a processor.
Whatever it is I want some now!
LOL, I always get their tacos without cheese, cuz I live like 20 miles away and I bring them home. Nothing like melted soggy cheese-PLUS they charge too much for cheese. I'm so cheap, I grate my own... Well, I think you are right on with the veggie mix. Herdez has the carrots and jalapenos... I have tried making it as I saw it and it was definitely missing something. I used Romas, tomatillos, jalapenos,lots of pepper,Balsamic vinegar, salt,onions,lime juice, hmmm and I think that was it, tasted good but not Tito's by a long shot. I'll keep trying. Thanks for your help. Let's keep at it!
Think back to when Tito's began. Did they know about Balsamic back then? Maybe white vinegar.
I have also always wondered about that fabulously delicious green stuff that used to be free.
Back in the 80's a guy hired someone that worked at Tito's and opened up his own taco stand in the spot that Alejos is in in Marina del Rey.
His salsa was dead on! His tacos were not because he didn't have the traffic so they weren't fresh.
If he could do it... we should be able to!
Taste the Taco, Not the Cheese!
However, I do like the cheese on the tostados.
I couldn't imagine the tacos without the cheese. The salsa could be eaten by the spoonful, like soup. I think you're right about the pickled carrots but Tito's green salsa packs much more of a punch than the red so if there is any green incorporated into the red, the proportions would have to be something like 100:1 red:green. Please don't be scared by the guacamole, although it doesn't taste much like avocado. It adds a creamy texture to the whole enchilada, pardon the expression. It's cheap enough, try it sometime. I like to spoon some into my tacos with cheese, and additionally dip bites of the tacos into the guac. It's good spooned onto chips along with the red salsa. I didn't exactly grow up with Tito's although I grew up a lot on the Westside, but as a senior at Pali High in 1976 I got a job at Fox Hills Mall and some co-workers introduced me to Tito's. Tito's green salsa as well as its guacamole are rather similar to the same items at Campos Famous Burritos at 20th/Pico in Santa Monica, I've been eating there since 1973 and eat there a lot more often than I do at Tito's.
re: Debbie W.
Not afraid of the guacamole at all. Love the stuff!
Just wish I knew what I was eating. Is it sour cream? Is it mayonnaise? Avocado?
I've been eating at Tito's since the tacos were 25¢ each and the guacamole and cheese (NO!) were free.
There used to be a few sets of 3 clear glass bowls with metal lids where you could help yourself to the 2 salsas and guacamole.
The tacos and the burritos used to be bigger and I used to be smaller.
Those were the days!
re: Debbie W.
I just can't get used to their guacamole... I make my own or if I am on the eastside buy it from El Tepeyac. Simple plain guacamole with their chile sauce-divine. I remember when Tito's was on Sepulveda. I think in 1964-1965? Lived in L.A.so it wasn't such a drive, then in the 70's lived in Culver City off of Overland. So we indulged. Those were the days. Thanks for helping. We should be able to get this one day! Tito's salsa rocks...
You are awesome and your photos are too great. Makes me hungry. Love that stuff! OK, so we have more clues.
I need to experiment... Thanks so much, you are definitely the best Salsa Detectivo! I'm pumped. I'll let you know.
Ah, Tito's salsa! I'm planning on duplicating this sometime soon, as I'm pretty sure what's in it:
White onions ( I suspect they are using white onions, not yellow)
Ground black pepper
Pickled jalapenos & some of the pickling juice, which is what gives the salsa that slight vinegary kick. I'll have to experiment with the ratios, of course.
I noted in a post recently that Tito's tacos aren't really that good on their own, but when you add the salsa, something alchemical happens.
What I'd really like to get is the recipe for their chile colorado, so if anyone has an idea or close approximation, please post!
I just made this. Very interesting! I wish others would join in, It's very close.
I used three medium sized tomatoes, half large white onion, and one large pickled pepper. Mine was too spicy, so I think I need to use a quarter pickled pepper. you are right about the ratios. I taste too much onion in mine. Next time I would blend everything but the tomatoes, then add tomatoes and blend them. Tito's sauce seems to be redder too?
Thanks again! oh, and i'd LOVE that chile colorado recipe too. I am making this one today. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chile-Co...
I'll let you know if it's close.