3 Latin Salsas for Your Grill

Chimichurri, guasacaca, and mojo de cilantro are the 3 sauces that most represent my Latin culture.

By: Enriqueta L.

My grandmother used to say that a great sauce could fix anything. She was right. Turkey without gravy isn't turkey. Grilled meat tastes much better with chimichurri (that exquisite sauce made from parsley, garlic, and oil that we all love), guasacaca, a yummy version of guacamole, or even a delicious mojo with lots of garlic which is perfect for marinades.

Now that spring is here and summer is right around the corner, barbecuing is wonderful, but even better with the Latin flavor these recipes provide. All three are easy to make. None have to be cooked beforehand and they are amazing for enhancing the flavor of any dishes, whether it's meat, chicken, pork, or fish.


Ingredients for 1 cup
1 cup parsley washed and dried
6 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil

Preparation: Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse several times until a thick puree is formed. Store in an air-tight container in the freezer.


Ingredients for 1 cup
1 cup ripe avocado mashed with a fork
3 tablespoons onion chopped as finely as possible
2 tablespoons red pepper, deveined, seeded, skinned, chopped as finely as possible
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Rock sea salt

Preparation: Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Add salt to taste.

Mojo de cilantro

Ingredients for 1 cup
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup cilantro leaves bunched together, washed and dried
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch allspice
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Red chili flakes to taste

Preparation: Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until a homogenous sauce is obtained.

What are your favorite sauces?


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