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zenduck Jan 25, 2008 05:35 PM

Los Cuates (the one on the south side of Lomas) is always my first stop when I come into ABQ - I haven't really arrived until I've had a carne adovada burrito (green). I also always buy at least a couple of jars of their unique and delicious salsa, but I always run out before, sometimes long before, I can get back. My sister who lives in ABQ is moving soon, so I'm losing my contact. Anybody know how to get it shipped to California? Will the restaurant do it? I'm beginning to panic just a little.

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  1. Erich RE: zenduck Jan 25, 2008 09:35 PM

    I wasn't aware that Los Cuates sold the stuff in other than plastic "to go" containers.

    Look, it's a basic tomatillo/chile pasilla salsa. Here's my gift to you, and you can tinker with it until you get it the way you like it(recipe compliments of the Ricarte family - remember you owe me a beer if you are happy to have it):

    Boil one quart of water. Soak 6 to 10 chiles pasilla in the water.
    Clean and quarter 4 to 6 tomatillos.
    Heat tomatillos until soft in olive oil, turning when necessary, until somewhat softened.
    Put tomatillos and oil into blender with one garlic clove and chiles. Blend until smooth. Salt to taste.

    There you go. That's the basic Los Cuates salsa. They obviously have tweaked it to just their particular taste - I'll leave that to you.

    You can buy chiles pasilla in most groceries with a substantial Mexican clientele. They are dried, deep red (almost black) in color, usually packaged in a cellophane bag, and have a smell that reminds me of raisins. (These and the tomatillos are what give the Los Cuates salsa its characteristic sweetness.)

    ¬°Buen provecho!

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      zenduck RE: Erich Jan 29, 2008 11:24 AM

      I am happy to have it, and I'd be happy to buy you a beer if we're ever in the same place at the same time.

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        SeanT RE: Erich Apr 19, 2011 11:26 AM

        Ummmm that is not even close to the Los Cuates salsa recipe. ingredients: water tomato paste chile pepper vinegar sugar salt apple juice beef base etc......

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        Los Cuates
        4901 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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          Erich RE: SeanT Apr 19, 2011 12:30 PM

          If you say so . . .

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            SeanT RE: Erich Apr 19, 2011 04:27 PM

            no offense intended just not right. No tomatillo in the sauce at Los Cuates.

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            Los Cuates
            4901 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

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              jhannamarie RE: SeanT Jan 21, 2012 01:18 PM

              Yeah I didn't think there was any tomatillas either, what I was gonna do is blend up garlic, chile negro, spanish onion and see how that tastes! When I smelled the chilli pod, I smelled the salsa that I so am craving! I just hope I do this right! I just wanna know am I on the right path!!!!

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        Doug in Mesa RE: zenduck Jan 26, 2008 03:16 PM

        foodsofnewmexico.com sells Los Cuates salsa by the half-case.

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