This rich gusano salsa recipe combines smokey Pasilla peppers, tangy Guajillo peppers, savory cricket flour and a final punch of umami from star of this recipe, the gusano de maguey. As the Pasilla and Guajillo peppers are on the mild side, this rich red salsa can be slathered in larger quantities than the Simple Gusano Salsa recipe. It’s deep flavor is an excellent companion meats like beef or pork (delicious brisket enchiladas pictured above). This gusano salsa can stand its ground dressing up a simple bowl of black beans, rice, cilantro and some fresh mexican cheese like Cojita.
Pasilla and Guajillo peppers can usually be found in the Mexican food sections of most grocery stores, but may require a trip to a Mexican grocery stores. If you don’t have cricket flour on hand, dried shrimp powder can be substituted. Gusanos, however, will just require a quick email to Bug Vivant and I’ll put your gusanos in the mail. There is no substitution for luxurious umami flavor of gusanos. Don’t forget to checkout our gusano salt recipe to spice up fruit or your quirky new mezcal cocktail.