Red Chile Sauce….yes please!


When I first moved out of the house, I thought all things came packaged.  Oh wait, they did.  I bought all packaged food items.  I told my Aunt Donna that I loved alfredo sauce.  I told her a really good brand.  She said, “Oh, I just make it myself.  It is so easy and tastes better.”  I thought, ‘You can make alfredo sauce?’  And as the years rolled on…You can make bread?  You can make spaghetti sauce?  You can make all your own canned vegetables?  You can make your own gravy?  You can make your own red chile?  Now we’re talking.

Farmgirl’s Wanna Be in New Mexico on Vacation Red Chile

In a saucepan combine:

1/2 cup of red chile….this can be as mild or as spicy as you like.  I have a real mild chile powder from New Mexico that I use then add a teaspoon of chipotle powder.  Try using Mole, red chile with a bit of chocolate added, delicious!  You can buy powdered chile at the grocery store, health food store, or ethnic food stores.  (Note: look for red chile powder, paprika, etc. Not chili (with an “I”) powder.)

3 finely minced garlic cloves

1 teaspoon of cumin

2 teaspoons of oregano

A bit of salt and pepper (try smoked salt)

Pour one cup of water into the mixture slowly while whisking.  When well incorporated add another 3/4 cup of water.  Heat while constantly whisking over medium low heat until thickened and lightly boiling.

Store in canning jar in the refrigerator for a week or two.  Use as enchilada sauce, or drizzled over eggs, use to dip your homemade tortillas into, or as a base for soup!  The sky is the limit.  No more tasteless cans of enchilada sauce!

4 thoughts on “Red Chile Sauce….yes please!

  1. I’m going to have to try this red chili sauce recipe. Yummy!

    Several years ago my sister and her family came out from California over the Thanksgiving holiday. I love to host Thanksgiving and spend a couple days prior whipping up my desserts. One of the desserts I made was a chocolate cookie cheesecake. My niece, who was a young adult at the time commented, “I didn’t know you could make cheesecake? I thought they came from the Cheesecake Factory.” We all got a chuckle out of it, but it was also a moment of realization that we have evolved into a society of convenience and children are growing up not knowing that before all those conveniences, people were making things with their own two hands.

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