Salsas accompany so many distinctive dishes: You cannot think of tacos without guacamole, steak from la parilla without the chimichurri or a dry empanada without the pebre or salsa verde

Here we have prepared a little guide to different Latin American salsas to transform your everyday meals into a wonderful concoction of spice and flavour! 

Pico de Gallo

Country: Mexico

Ingredients: tomato, white onion, cilantro, jalapeño, salt and a hint of lime juice.

Pair with: Mexican food like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, nachos, etc.

Ajili Mojili

Ajili Mojili

Country: Puerto Rico

Ingredients: Garlic, cilantro, hot pepper, vinegar or citruc juice, olive oil. Alternative sweet ingredients: sweet red peppers, honey, tomato sauce and butter.

Pair with: grilled seafood, meats and vegetables. 

Aji Verde

Country: Peru

Ingredients: ají amarillo paste, jalapeños, cilantro, grated parmesan cheese, garlic, white vinegar, lime, mayonnaise and lime.

Pair with: Grilled chicken, salchipapas (Fries and sausage)


Country: Argentina

Ingredients: parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar, coriander, red chili.

Pair with: steak, empanada, or bread


Country: Venezuela

Ingredients: avocado, citrus juice or vinegar, parsley, garlic, and chili peppers.

Pair with: Grilled steak and yucca.


Country: Mexico

Ingredients: avocado, fresh coriander, onion, garlic, tomato, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Pair with: Mexican food and chips 


Country: Chile

Ingredients: Diced tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onion, olive oil, vinegar, and aji chilli.

Pair with: sopaipillas (fried bread), empanadas, meats and bread.

Salsa Verde

Country: Colombia

Ingredients: jalapeño, fresh cilantro, green onions (white part), vinegar and lime juice. 

Pair with: empanadas, arepas, meats, potatoes, etc.


  • Best with fresh ingredients
  • Add salt and chilli to taste
  • Let the salsa rest for about 15 minutes before serving
  • Get creative! Mix and pair with different dishes. 

Want more?

Learn about the wonderful world of empanadas, there are so many varieties from all over Latin America! 

Or, why not take an Empanada & Arepa cooking class with El Patio! You can prepare your favourite salsa ahead of time! 

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