She-Man Sauce

Salsa Macha

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    1¼ cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

  • About

Macho (masculine) takes the feminine ending when it goes with a feminine noun like salsa, so I guess the literal meaning would be something like “She-Man Sauce.” This fierce and fiery condiment is known throughout Veracruz, in widely different versions linked only by the use of small hot dried chiles, garlic, and oil (usually olive oil, but some people prefer vegetable oil). The Orizaba-Córdoba area is an epicenter of excellent salsa macha, often featuring ground peanuts.