At any given moment, I have at least five different salsa recipes or variations floating around in my head! For many years I have admired and enjoyed the taquitos with avocado salsa from Cielito Lindo on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. It really seemed like such a simple recipe to try and recreate, but you know there always a little secret to every recipe. This is my experience with recreating the avocado salsa from Cielito Lindo restaurant thanks to the L.A. Times for publishing the recipe a few years ago! Lets get to it!
I Am Like A Sponge When It Comes To Learning!
No matter how old I get or how many recipes I try, I probably will never learn everything in my lifetime. But, it sure is fun trying! This avocado salsa is familiar and delicious. I could literally just eat it by the spoonful’s and be perfectly happy.
You Think You Know And Are Perfectly Happy Until…
Recently, I received an email from a person who found my blog when searching for information on Ramona’s Mexican Food from Los Angeles. Turns out, this person worked closely with the owners and some of the employees. In a few of my blog post, I mentioned how my dad, Ramiro, worked doing jobs at Ramona’s Mexican Food back in the day. The email told the most wonderful story of their experience with Ramona’s and told me how they enjoyed reading my blog. I felt some sort of connection to this person because I thought that maybe they crossed paths with my dad at some point at Ramona’s. It was a nice thought. This person shared with me some inside information about one of my favorite recipes from Ramona’s. I have yet to try it, but I definitely will soon. I will ask permission to share that information with you all.
Do You Often Wonder How Recipes Are Developed?
Sometimes you find yourself in situations where you have to adapt family recipes using ingredients that are available to us. Moving away from home was a huge transition for me, as I am sure it was for mom when she left Mexico and moved to the states. I kid you not when I tell you that I could not find the basic ingredients to prepare salsa in small town U.S.A. back in the mid eighties. How did I prepare salsa, you ask? The Italian food isle was stocked well and I found a small jar of spicy roasted peppers! They worked in a pinch! Over the years, more Mexican food ingredients became available and I discovered online shopping too! Sometimes recipes are discovered and developed due to necessity.
Are They Taquitos, Tacos Dorados Or Flautas?
That’s always a big discussion anytime I post all of the above! Do you stock the basics in your pantry and refrigerator? I do! At any given moment, I could come up with several meals with the ingredients in my kitchen.
So What Are They?
In Mexico, there is a special large corn tortilla made just for flautas. Popular opinion agrees that flautas are prepared with flour tortillas. In our house they were called taquitos and flautas. They were always prepared with corn tortillas and filled with shredded beef.
What Did I Think Of The Copycat Recipe??
Honestly, I loved the flavor! Enjoyed it for several days on different dishes. It was creamy and not overly spicy. Would I prepare it again? Absolutely! What would I do different? After watching my video clips of my last trip to Cielito Lindo restaurant, I could see a notable difference in the salsa. Theirs is darker and has cilantro specs in it. More cilantro next time! Going to prepare it again soon and try a few different things. I will keep you posted!
Copycat Avocado Salsa-Cielito Lindo
- large pot
- 12 tomatillos, 1 lb. peel husk and wash tomatillos under cool water
- 9 chile guero, 353 grams stems removed
- 5 cloves of garlic, 22 grams peeled
- 2 oz fresh cilantro washed
- 2 avocados, 341 grams
- 2 1/2 quarts water
- Salt, to taste
- To a large pot, pour in 2 1/2 quarts of water and heat to medium.
- To the pot of water, add the washed tomatillos, chile guero, garlic and cilantro.
- When it comes up to a boil, reduce to a simmer and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for10 minutes.
- After the salsa ingredients sit for 10 minutes, use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer ingredients to the blender jar. Start by pouring in 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water into the blender. Add avocado and salt to taste. Blend on high until very smooth. Taste for salt.
- Transfer salsa to a pot and cook at heat below medium for 10-12 minutes. I thought the salsa looked thick, so I poured in another 10 ounces of the cooking water. Taste for salt along the way.
- Once salsa cools, transfer to glass jars with a tight seal. Store refrigerated for 5-6 days.
Hi Sonia, was there supposed to be an avocado in this recipe??
yes, it’s listed in the ingredients. Did you get a chance to watch the video. I added 2 avocados to the blender.
Eaten at the stand in Olivera Street many times. After reading this, I want to run over there, but parking is so awful there.
Take me with you ! Lol!
Hello , do you have a recipe for the taquitos as well ? My husband’s family used to ear these at Olvera St. and I can’t wait to try it !
The link to their site in on the blog post. If you see blue highlighted Cielito Lindo in the text, just click onto it. I have my own recipe for beef taquitos https://pinaenlacocina.com/beef-flautas-taquitos/
Just to clarify. Avocado salsa doesn’t have avocados or did I miss something?
I don’t understand? This is a recipe posted originally by Cielito Lindo Restaurant.They list avocado and they call it avocado salsa. It’s been in business since the 30’s, but not sure how long they have been serving avocado salsa
I’m just the messenger. Not my recipe. But If I blend avocados with chile and some tomatillo, what do we call it officially?
No avocado in the avocado salsa? That seems strange.
these are the ingredients listed on the printable recipe Ingredients
12 tomatillos, 1 lb. peel husk and wash tomatillos under cool water
9 chile guero, 353 grams stems removed
5 cloves of garlic, 22 grams peeled
2 oz fresh cilantro washed
2 avocados, 341 grams
2 1/2 quarts water
Salt, to taste
If you clicked onto the email notification of the recipe, the avocados were missing on the list. If you go to my blog and search avocado salsa, it’s there