This mellow salsa, made with dried ancho chiles, is a good all-purpose salsa. It's delicious with anything from scrambled eggs to tostadas. A rich tomato flavor is important in this salsa, so when tomatoes are out of season, good-quality canned tomatoes may be a better choice than fresh. Adapted from Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta: Recipes from the World-Famous Spa (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008) by Deborah Szekely and Deborah M. Schneider with Chef Jesùs González, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta.
About 2 1/2 cups
Active Time: 30 minutes |
Total Time: 55 minutes
3 large dried guajillo, New Mexico or California chiles, (about 3/4 ounce; see Note)
2 large dried ancho chiles, (about 3/4 ounce; see Note)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 small cloves garlic, chopped
4 large tomatillos, (see Note), husks removed, washed and chopped
Wearing gloves, remove the stems, seeds and inner ribs from the chiles and tear the chiles into large pieces.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chile pieces, onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the chiles are fragrant and the onions are soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatillos and tomatoes, reduce heat slightly, and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes more. Add water (or broth), salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes.
Stir in oregano and let cool for a few minutes. Puree the sauce in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in cilantro.
Per 2-tablespoon serving :
1 g Fat;
0 g Sat;
0 g Mono;
0 mg Cholesterol;
3 g Carbohydrates;
1 g Protein;
1 g Fiber;
119 mg Sodium;
85 mg Potassium
Exchanges: free food
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Notes: Mildly spicy dried chiles, such as ancho, guajillo, New Mexico, mulato and California chiles, are used to add moderate heat and a rich flavor to sauces, soups and stews. Find them in the produce section of large supermarkets or online at melissas.com.
Tomatillos are tart, plum-size fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. Find them in the produce section near the tomatoes. Remove outer husks and rinse well before using.