Red Chile Sauce

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
about 2 quarts

Ingredients
  • 8 cups dried whole New Mexico red chile pods (medium hot)
  • Water, to cover
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground or leaf Mexican oregano
  • 6 cloves minced garlic, or 2 to 3 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, optional
Directions

Remove stems and seeds from dried chile pods. Rinse and place in 4-quart pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let pods steep for 30 minutes.

Drain pods in a colander and reserve juice. Place softened pods into a blender or food processor, adding just enough reserved juice to barely cover. Blend to a fine consistency. Pour the resulting pulp into a fine sieve or colander and allow the extra juice to drain out, stirring occasionally.

Return this pulp to the 4-quart pot and add the salt, oregano, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste to adjust seasonings. If the sauce tastes bitter, add the tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 more minutes.

Use red chile sauce over enchiladas, chile rellenos, or as a side or sauce for any other Mexican entree.


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