Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

New Mexico Red Chile Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenFor years, I avoided red sauce with my Mexican foods. I was certain I just didn't like it. In a pinch, I would use a store-bought red sauce, but I typically stuck with my favorite green chile in place of red. While visiting my sister in New Mexico, she gave me red sauce from her freezer to use in the enchiladas that we were making. That was when I discovered the difference between a homemade sauce and a canned version. This sauce is incredibly flavorful with as much heat as you desire; just purchase mild, medium or hot dried chile pods.

As soon as we unpacked and settled back home, I called her for the recipe. Making red chile sauce was much simpler than I expected. I'll definitely double this recipe next time I make it. I love being able to freeze it and keep it on hand for future meals as well.

New Mexico Red Chile Sauce
recipe adapted from MJ's Kitchen
Yield: 6 cups
(printable recipe)

40 dried red chile pods
6 cups water
1 small onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, I use Mexican oregano
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
Optional: plastic gloves

Over a large mixing bowl, break the stems off the pods and shake out the seeds. Break the pods into smaller pieces and drop the pieces into a waiting strainer. Once all the pods are broken, rinse with water and then place in a large pot. Add the water, the onion, garlic, oregano and salt.

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-20 minutes, until the pods are softened. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for an additional 10 minutes. Puree using an immersion blender, a food processor or a blender. If you are using a blender, puree in batches, until the consistency is smooth. Transfer to a waiting bowl and puree the next batch.

For a smoother texture, blend the sauce again after it sits for half an hour or so. As an alternative, you can press the sauce through a sieve for the smoothest texture possible. If I am using the sauce immediately, for enchiladas or burritos, I don't bother with the sieve. If I am freezing it for use as a topping or for an undecided future use, the sieve is my preferred option. It takes a little longer, but it is worth the effort.

Divide into 1-2 cup portions and freeze what you won't be using in the next few days. Enjoy!

New Mexico Red Chile Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen




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16 comments:

  1. Love a red sauce - so many chilies I bet this is good! I'm going to need a week to catch up on all your posts - I missed so much!

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  2. Gorgeous. I always avoid red sauces at Mexican restaurants too. Obviously, I need to rethink my approach! I will be making this as soon as I can. Such a rich red hue!

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  3. Simply Amazing. The texture of the sauce was perfect!

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  4. I've always wondered what to do with those dried red chilies... :)

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  5. Oh this looks awesome. I never had thought about making it myself but this recipe looks really easy!!

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  6. Perfect---I just bought a bag of dried chilies!

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  7. I love a good red sauce. The canned ones always taste...bleah.

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  8. What kind of chiles did you use? Ancho, pasilla, etc? I have some pasilla and another variety at home that I could use.

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    1. I used dried Hatch red chile pods. I have no idea how the others would work. Good luck! I'd love to hear about it if you try the others.

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  9. Did you use the seeds or just discard them?

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  10. How long should the sauce be pressure cooked; make the sauce without tomoatoes

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    1. I have no idea, Adora. I keep mine in the freezer.

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    2. I canned mine 20 minutes at 10lbs pressure. We are at sea level so you'd need to make adjustments for your altitude. It was superb. I did not make near enough =)

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  11. how did you come up with those times and pounds for canning?

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    1. I've never canned mine. A reader made the above suggestion. I simply portion ours into Ziploc bags and freeze until ready to use!

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