recipe for La Loteria red salsa: I am offering a bounty.
I went in a few days ago and bought some salsa. I was nice, I was polite, I tipped and asked if the cashier could give me a few of the little cups to go with the thimble-sized container I had just bought. He gave me...
So, if anyone out there has a recipe that comes close (I think Loteria's salsa has actually gone down in quality over the last year) and if I can recreate it without calling on the archaic deity Baal, I will donate $20 to the charity of your choice.
(And before you say anything, yes, I know it's a business. Yes, I know that salsa costs money. I get that. I ain't no hippy. Still, though: I go to my local coffee shop and sometimes I ask Mabel for extra butter. She knows I tip and she gets it with a smile. I have shown my respect in a way she values, I GIVE HER MONEY and am polite and all that good stuff. At La Loteria, I smiled, I was polite, I PRE-TIPPED...and I got napkins.)
"Usually" does not apply to Loteria on things like salsa. I've usually been charged about $3 for a small container (4 oz or so) of extra salsa. For a pint of salsa, I think the price is more like $7-$8. It is one of the things that really bugs me about Loteria, because it feels like I'm being gouged for something that most restaurants provide as a matter of course.
To the OP, are you looking for the recipe for the chipotle salsa, the salsa morita, or the mole roja?
I hate that about Loteria. I don't eat there often but I do remember ordering a burrito at the FM location a few years ago and I asked for some salsa and they gave me such an attitude about it. It wasn't such an obvious attitude but i could tell that they didn't want to give it to me, and that was frustrating b/c how am I supposed to eat a burrito without SALSA??? i think that put me off so much that's one of the reasons i don't go there. If you are ever in the ER area try Cacao. I LOVE their red sauce. best i've ever had and they sell containers of it there and they are generous with chips & salsa whenever you order a meal.
Salsa isn't that expensive to experiment with. Roasted tomato, canned chipotle en adobo and whatever spices you can detect would be a good start. Restaurants have to make it in volume and as simply (quickly) as possible so it probably isn't That complicated.
Try the CH search engine - I haven't been to Loteria recently so I can't recall if their salsa is similar to King Taco, Papalote, Rubio's (!) or some other well known resto whose salsa folks are trying to recreate.
If you get 'recipe block' a Rick Bayless or Diana Kennedy book would be good inspiration :-).