Homemade Red Chile Sauce

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This recipe will teach you how to make rich flavorful red chile sauce.  You'll never go back to buying it from a can ever again...or you'll know what's missing from the canned sauce and fill in the flavor.  Sometimes you need sauce in a pinch..I know, I've been there!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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DISCLAIMER: Red chile sauce will stain your clothes! I suggest using an apron or wearing an old t-shirt when making this recipe.  Cuidado! Be Careful!

2 pkgs of California or New Mexico Hatch dried chile pods 
1 onion
3 Garlic cloves
Ground Cumin
1/4 Cup Flour
1 chicken bouillon cube
Salt (if needed, bouillon cubes can be quite salty)

Fine mesh strainer

Step 2: Boil Bomb!

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Fill a pot to about half way with water.  Turn your stove to medium high.  Add a bouillon cube and break it up so it will dissolve and stir.  Remove the stems and shake out the seeds of the chile pods.  Give your garlic cloves a good whack with the flat side of your knife to remove the papery skin.  Remove the outside skin of the onion and slice in half.  Add the chiles, garlic cloves and onion to the pot of warm bouillon water. Let this cook for about 30 minutes or until everything is very soft.  
dnaondna2 years ago
Hey this looks awesome and fairly simple! Do you think other kinds of peppers could be substituted for the California / New Mexicos? I might have some dried pasilla peppers around... Or do you think the peppers you recommend would work better as an enchilada sauce?
zurichko (author)  dnaondna2 years ago
Pasillas are excellent for this and tend to make a spicier sauce. I would definitely use them! I wrote this instructable when I was living in Oklahoma and all I could find were the ones I used here. Any dried chiles will work...that'll be one tasty pasilla enchilada sauce.
I'm making this right now! I had to use a food processor and a sieve and a little more liquid because my food processor is slightly awful, but it's reducing on the stove now. Can't wait to use it.

Thank you for posting this!
zurichko (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Doesn't it smell AMAZING? I love this sauce, I use it for tamales too. Thanks for making it. :)
It does smell sooooo good. It just finishing reducing, and I'm going to be making corn and chicken enchiladas with it, I think. So excited. :D
dcrrcdx25 years ago
Yes, Yes, Yes! i'm making some now!!