Red Chile Sauce

Red Chile Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1997

This sauce is a great condiment for Mexican food.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 3 ounces large red dried chiles, such as pasillas, anchos or Anaheims
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth, divided
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, plus more to taste
  • Salt, to taste


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  1. Wash chiles, pat dry and tear into long strips. Discard stems and seeds. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Toast chiles, turning once or twice, for 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Transfer chiles to a bowl. Add simmering water to cover and set aside until chiles have softened, about 20 minutes. Drain. Place softened chiles, ½ cup broth, ½ cup water, garlic and oregano in a blender; blend until very smooth. (If the mixture is too thick, add just enough water to give a smooth consistency.)
  3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the chile puree and sugar; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce has darkened and thickened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and add the remaining ½ cup broth. Strain sauce through a fine sieve, pushing puree through sieve with a wooden spoon. Adjust seasonings with salt and more sugar if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The sauce can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 16 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 725 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 68 mg sodium; 92 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: Free Food

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