Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
I got this one from my friend, Rick Ramirez's Mom, Irma when I lived in Yuma in the early 1960's. I usually make a double batch and freeze the excess, 2 cups at a time in Sandwich size ziplock freezer bags. Cooking time includes steeping time for the chiles.
- 5 dried pasilla peppers
- 5 dried ancho chiles or 5 dried New Mexico chiles
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups tomato sauce (My Crock Pot Italian Tomato Sauce)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄4 cup oil
- 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon crumbled Mexican oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon whole cumin seed, grind fresh with oregano
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Place chiles on a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet.
- Roast 4-5 minutes, NO MORE THEY"LL TURN BITTER!
- Let them cool to touch.
- Cut tops off, split in two with a sharp knife.
- Remove seeds and veins, the soft part that holds the seeds.
- Cover with boiling water, let steep an hour.
- Remove each half to a platter and scrape the pulp with the edge of a spoon. After handling chiles wash your hands with warm water and baking soda to nutralize the chile juice. It's an acid. You can safely wash your eyes too.
- Combine all ingredients including the water in a sauce pan.
- Bring to a simmer, simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stirring occasionly.
I did not rate this as I am sure the fault lies with me. I mail ordered my peppers and my Anchos were beautiful and rubbery. My pasillas however were crisp and hard and crumbley and here in lies the problem. I roasted them 4 min but when I took them out, I felt the pasillas were overdone. I covered them in boiling water for an hour but when I went to scrape them, they fell apart so I got the bright idea to put them, skins and all in the blender. The resulting sauce was very bitter. I added more tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, sugar, couldn't fix it. I had to dump the whole thing. Did I mention I had made a double batch!!
I was searching your recipes and came upon this one. It looked so good, that I went and got the peppers and gave it a go. With a perfect blend of peppers for this sauce, it was great on our enchiladas! This will be used often, as we love Mexican, and I can think of lots of things to use this on!
Wow Pierre, Irma really knew how to make a sauce. I had all these dried peppers leftover from when I made tomales and now I know what to do with them. This is an excellent sauce.