Mexican Red Chili Sauce Recipe

Red Chili Sauce 


2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons olive oil or 2 teaspoons melted shortening

15 large dried chilies (such as Anaheim, New Mexico, California, or pasilla)

4 -5 garlic cloves


Remove stems and seeds from dried chili peppers. Place peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast in 350°F oven for 2 to 5 minutes or until you smell a sweet roasted aroma, checking often to avoid burning. Remove from oven and soak in enough hot water to cover for about 30 minutes or until cool. Put peppers and 2 1/2 cups of the soaking water into a blender (save the remaining soaking water). Add garlic, cumin and salt. Cover and blend until smooth. In a 2-quart sauce pan, stir flour into oil or melted shortening over med heat until browned. Carefully stir in blended chili mixture. Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. (If sauce gets too thick, stir in up to 1 cup of the remaining soaking water until you reach the desired thickness) Use this sauce for traditional tamales, Traditional Tamales (Pork).

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