Homemade Mexican Red Chili Sauce

If you make enchiladas, tamales, or any 
Mexican or Tex-Mex style dish that requires
red chili sauce, I urge you to bypass the canned
stuff and make your own sauce from scratch.

It goes together very quickly, with just a couple of ingredients
 and is far tastier than canned, plus you can adjust the level of
heat according the the chilies you use.

(Most well stocked grocery stores
carry dried peppers in the Mexican food/ingredient 

The method is much easier than you might imagine:

- Simply rinse the peppers, remove the seeds
and stems (discard.) 
- Lightly toast the peppers in a dry skillet to bring out their flavor.

- Remove from skillet and place in a small sauce pot with
water, bring to a boil and remove from heat. 
Allow to soak for 10 minutes.

- Puree the softened pepper in a blender with some of the
soaking water (or plain water if the soaking water seems

- Add 1 large clove of garlic, 2 whole cloves, 2 pepper corns,
1 or 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano, and salt. 
Continue to blend until sauce is smooth.

- Pour the sauce through a sieve into a skillet, add a
tablespoon of vegetable oil. Stir and simmer over medium
heat for about 10 minutes.  Taste for seasonings.

Use immediately in your favorite recipe or cool and
store in a glass container then refrigerate or freeze.

Elise, over at Simply Recipes has a wonderful
step-by-step pictorial, with the type of chilies to
select as well as the recipe.

Next up,  I'll show you one of my favorite ways of
using this Red Chili Sauce.

Thank you for stopping by, and for any comments you
would care to share!  Have a wonderful week.

xo ~mari  :o)


  1. i am allergic to peppers, ultra sensitive, can't even touch the seeds without a reaction, so this is a scary post for me! BUT i love your picture...

    so are you exploring yet? lmk what you think please!

  2. Funny, I am allergic to soy lecithin so I am trying to cook from scratch to control the ingredients. This sounds wonderful. I eagerly await the red sauce.

  3. It does sound easy.. and you have a VITAMIX:)..Lucky duck..I am guessing they are wonderful..
    The little pottery crock is as cute as can be too .
    Gorgeous pics Mary..inspiring.

  4. Oh - you're talking my language. Delish!

  5. Aww, thank you for the nice comments friends! :) Have a good day.


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