How to make chiles toreados

Have you ever tried chiles toreados? If so, just jump to the recipe and start making them. If not, you have to try them, but first, let me tell you what they are.

chiles toreados

Chiles toreados are a type of Mexican salsa, well it is not technically a salsa. It is a special mix of ingredients that has magical powers to spice up any dish that you add them too.

These chiles are super easy to make and you’ll find them in a lot of menus in restaurants in Mexico City. You’ll find them in taquerías, in sushi restaurants, or even in fancier restaurants. But I guess there is not an accurate translation for chiles toreados en English.

How to make chiles toreados?

To make them, you just have to sautée some onion on a little bit of oil, then you add the chiles serranos or jalapeños until blistered and finish this magical mix of ingredients with lime juice, a pinch of salt, and soy sauce.

You have to belive me it is heaven.

chiles toreados

Let me give you some ideas on what and how you can eat these chiles toreados magical mix or salsa.

The best way to eat Chiles toreados:

  • I love this Mexican salsa on hummus, I know, it is a total mix of cuisines but it is delicious. I make my hummus at home, but you can use storebought hummus. You just serve the hummus in a bowl and finish it with this salsa and chips or pita chips on the side.
  • Hummus toast. Spread some hummus to a piece of toast and then add a spoonful of prepared chiles serranos.
  • Eat them over white or brown rice, or any grain that needs a boost of flavor.
  • Eat them with steamed or roasted veggies, or with grilled vegetables.
  • My favorite way to eat them. On top of brown rice, baked or grilled tofu, grilled vegetables, and all finished with a spoonful or two of this magical salsa.
  • They also taste amazing over fried rice, sushi, or noodles.
  • Best way to make them. I like to use a cast-iron skillet to make my chiles toreados.
pan con hummus y chiles toreados

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chiles toreados

Chiles toreados

These chiles toreados are a magical mixture of onions, blistered chiles, lemon and soy sauce. It’s magic because you’ll see that everything they touch is transformed.
5 de 1 voto
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine Mexican vegan
Servings 1 cup
Calories 166 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil I use avocado oil
  • ½ about 1 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper or two serrano peppers sliced into large pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a pan put the oil and onion, when the onion begins to brown, add the sliced peppers. Leave until golden, about 5 minutes.
  • When they are ready, put them in a jar, add the tablespoon of lime juice, a pinch of salt and the soy sauce.
  • Test for seasoning and adjust if necessary.


Store in a jar in the fridge. They last about two weeks.
When you heat the oil don’t let the heat get super high.


Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 11gSodium: 1511mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 25.2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.6mg
Keyword chiles toreados, salsa


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Vanessa Mota

5 stars
Perfect food for a friend’s gathering! It looks like it goes with everything


5 stars
What a fun weekend! So inspired by all you ladies.

Erin Johnson

5 stars
So delicious!! I love how the onions carmelized and balanced the spiciness. I will be making this a lot! Thank you for sharing.