Cafe 5: ‘Top Chef' Star Katsuji Tanabe Shares Epic Salsa Recipe

Chef Katsuji Tanabe makes Chicago his part-time home after opening the popular restaurant Barrio in the city.

This weekend, Tanabe is in the city to team up with another TV alum to cook for charity. 

On Sunday, he'll take the stage with fellow "Top Chef" rival John Tesar for a cooking demonstration series to benefit the Facial Pain Research Foundation. 

Tickets are available here.

Recipe for Roasted Chili Mango Salsa


2 cups of fresh or frozen mango chunks

1/4 cup of peeled garlic

1/2 cup of dry Chipotle

3 large Roma tomatoes

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp of kosher salt

1 large white onion 


Preheat the oven to 350-degrees

Roast the onion,mango,garlic and tomatoes until almost charred/close to be burnt (yes burnt is good) in the oven

Then transfer everything to a pot and cook for 25-minutes at medium flame

Then blend and add salt to liking

To keep chilled, keep the salsa in the fridge. It will last around 15 days.

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