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Red Chile Sauce

  • 30 m
  • 50 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This sauce is a great condiment for Mexican food.”


    • 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


  • 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.
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