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    Chi-Chi's Diablo Sauce

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    35 mins

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    KingJackQueen's Note:

    I worked at Chi-Chi's for 16+ years. My favorite sauce over all those years was called Diablo Sauce. My favorite food to eat there was the Soft Taco Enchilada style with Diablo Sauce. A little shredded lettuce and pico de gillo on both sides. Yum!

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    1. 1
      Brown ground pork, onions.
    2. 2
      Add diced chilis, La Victoria salsa.
    3. 3
      Add 3 cups water.
    4. 4
      Add Ortega taco seasoning.
    5. 5
      Add 1/2 tsp salt.
    6. 6
      add 2 tbsp cumin.
    7. 7
      combine 2 tbsp corn starch and 1/4 cup water and add too sauce.
    8. 8
      continue to simmer till thickened.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 28, 2013

      Ahhh Diablo sauce. I also worked for Chi-Chi's, as a kitchen manager, before moving up. When I gave my notice I bought several packages of Diablo Seasoning. It was truly unique, and addicting - much like KFC's chicken seasoning. These came pre-measured in white bags, to be used with the fresh ingredients per corporate recipes. This was a universal favorite, and sadly missed. <br/><br/>KJQ did a great job of recreating this, but there's a couple of things I wanted to add. <br/><br/>The original sauce was made by browning ground pork and adding white AND green shredded onions, and then the green chilies. Then came the pre-measured spice packet, mixed into the water. The original sauce got it's consistency from the flour and butter roux, which was cooked to perfection until it was golden and nutty smelling. This also helped keep it from breaking in the steam table. The roux was the key to this sauce. This also gave the sauce it's signature look, with a slight sheen on the top from the pork fat. <br/><br/>The highlight of the green sauce was an elevated cumin taste, and a cayenne pepper finish. <br/><br/>One of the kitchens staffs favorite's - a plate of french fries topped with Diablo sauce, shredded pepper jack cheese, ripe olives, green onions, jalapeno's, and a little sour cream. <br/><br/>I've got the recipes for their famous Chili Con Queso, and Guacamole, that I will post up when I get time.

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    • on July 29, 2008

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I worked at Chi Chi's for 13 years, starting as a server, to ending as a district admin... I've tried to duplicate the diablo sauce many times.. again THANK YOU!!!!

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    • on August 31, 2014


      I just tried this, it is great! Thanks for posting the recipe. I worked at the Chi-Chi's in Lexington KY from 1988 to 1990 as a food server and runner. It's takes me back to be able to recreate some of the recipes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chi-Chi's Diablo Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (409 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 364.2
    Calories from Fat 223
    Total Fat 24.8 g
    Saturated Fat 9.0 g
    Cholesterol 81.6 mg
    Sodium 1194.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 21.4 g

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    Ortega taco seasoning

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