I was invited to visit Los Cabos by the Los Cabos Tourism Board on a FAM trip.
My visit to Flora Farms in Los Cabos, Mexico was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. I got to try a hands-on cooking class and learned how to make Fire Roasted Salsa.
I’m not sure what it is, but lately I’ve been on a salsa kick and it has become one of my most-used condiments. I also love adding to recipes in unexpected places to add a special kick to certain dishes. During my visit to Los Cabos, Mexico I had the chance to visit Flora Farms and participate in a hands-on cooking class where we got to make Fire Roasted Salsa.
Fire Roasted Salsa
I think the reason I am loving salsa so much is because I know what’s in it. As I focus more on eating whole foods, salsa is a go-to because it can be made with so many fresh, whole ingredients.
The Fire Roasted Salsa from Flora Farms began with tomatoes, jalapeño and serrano peppers, onions and garlic which I cooked over an open flame on a grill grate.
Once the tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic were roasted, I added them to molcajete where I broke them down until the reached a chunky, liquid consistency.
The result, a Fire Roasted Salsa that’s filled with smoky flavor and robust heat. This Fire Roasted Salsa is better than any of the salsas I’ve ever had at Mexican/ Tex-Mex restaurants and beats anything you buy that is over processed and sits on a grocery shelf.
Another awesome thing about this Fire Roasted salsa …
…it’s great for dipping.
- 6-10 ripe medium-sized tomatoes
- 3-4 garlic cloves, skin on
- 2-3 quarters white onion
- 1-2 whole jalapeños and/or serranos (for more heat)
- 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro
- 1 ripe avocado cut into small chunks
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A squeeze of lime juice
- Roast first 4 ingredients on open flame grill or in hot cast iron pan until black, let cool. Grind in order in molcajete, add to bowl. Add last 4 ingredients with roasted peppers, onion garlic and tomatoes and mix well. Serve with fresh tortilla chips or your favorite store-bought variety. Enjoy.
Flora Farms is a 25 acre organic working farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
It is home to several enterprises; among them are:
- Flora’s Field Kitchen, our field-to-table restaurant set amongst idyllic organic fields and gardens
- The Farm Bar, which serves fine craft cocktails and offers live entertainment
- Flora Farms Grocery, in which we sell all of our own produce, meats, canned goods, and handmade artisan breads and baked goods.
- Flora Farms Ranch; over 150 acres nearby, on which we raise chickens, goats, pigs and rabbits, as well as eggs and cows for our house-made cheeses.
- Flora Farms Culinary Cottages & Haylofts (hand-built, straw bale luxury homes for the culinary-inclined)
- Flora Farms Celebrations: the component of the farm that manages and arranges events for private individuals, groups and charities, usually hosted in our Mango Grove,15 acres of Old Growth Mango Trees.
- The Farm Spa at Flora Farms: an intimate spa and wellness experience achieved nature-based spa services, with consultation designed to treat mind, body, and soul in a supremely peaceful setting.
I felt so inspired after leaving Flora Farms. I loved the down-to-earth vibe of the grounds, how everything was connected and how much the staff loved their job, the owners and Flora Farms. In addition to the friendly and informative staff, there are also a large pack of dogs who roam the farms. The dogs were abandoned or stray. There’s also turtles who live in a large, dedicated pond, as well as, ducks, horses and burros who were also all rescued.
If you plan to go be sure to book in advance. Nearly every aspect of the farm needs reservations because of its incredible popularity. Until you can get to Flora Farms, bring a taste to the farm home to you with this Fire Roasted Salsa.