Rustic Red Chile Sauce
This rustic sauce is used over enchiladas or tamales. You can also
serve it on top of chicken breast, pork chops or grilled steak.
Low fat - low calorie
- 10 to 12 large dried ancho chiles (20 if small to medium)
- 2 to 3 cups water (divided use)
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 3 to 6 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 3 tablespoons adobo sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Wash the dried anchos. Soak overnight or fill a medium pan with
hot water (enough to cover the peppers). Bring the water to a boil,
remove from heat, then add the peppers and soak 30 minutes. Save
- In a skillet, sauté onion in 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until soft
and clear (sauté ing in oil can cause a bitter taste). Do not brown
- Clean stems and seeds from anchos. Sprinkle water in the skillet
over a medium heat. Lay the chiles flat. Sauté for 1 minute on each
side Do not burn the skin. If you do burn a spot, cut it off or
the taste will taint the whole batch.
- In a blender add 1 cup of reserved water, ancho peppers, onion,
chipotles, adobo sauce, garlic, cumin, Mexican oregano and salt.
(The chipotle peppers are hot, so add to taste.) Slowly add 1 cup
of water and puree until the ingredients are smooth. There should
be no skin pulp in the sauce. If you want it hotter, add a few fresh
jalapenos (not pickled). The sauce should mound slightly when finished,
so you may have to add a little more water to thin it.
Makes 4 cups.
The sauce keeps for about a week in the refrigerator, and it freezes
Per tablespoon: Cal 33 (21% fat) Fat 1 g (no sat) Fiber 2 g
No chol Sodium 96 mg Carb 6 g Calcium 8 mg