Mexican Red Chile Sauce

Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 20 mins

Salsa de Chile Rojo. This is based on a recipe from Sunset's Mexican Cook Book. Sunset recommends mild dried chiles, ones that are large and dusky-red. Use as an enchilada sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place chiles on a baking sheet. Toast lightly in oven, 3 or 4 minutes, until they give off a mild aroma. Do not burn, otherwise, chiles will be very bitter.
  3. Remove chiles from oven and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  4. Remove and discard stems, seeds, and any pink pithy materials.
  5. Rinse chiles in cool water, drain briefly, then cover with hot water and soak for an hour.
  6. Process chiles in blender with enough of the soaking water to obtain a nice, blended consistency.
  7. Add remaining water, tomato sauce, garlic, oil, salt, oregano, and cumin. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for later use.
Most Helpful

THIS IS DA BOMB. Dh refused to go get me a can of sauce saying that I could make better. Lo & behold, this recipe was attached to the stacked enchiladas recipe o was making. I dug around & found mostly anchos. Folks, i cannot tell you how amazing this sauce is. It is easy, it has depth of flavor that you can NEVER buy. We were completely blown away which isn't easy to do. THANK YOU, MERSAYDEES for sharing this recipe. Made as a bonus while you were VIP of the Veggie Swap 10/09.

Elmotoo October 31, 2009

I used Hatch, New Mexico dried red chile, 2 garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons oil along with the other ingredients and my Vita-Mix to make this delicious, thick and rich sauce in under 15 minutes. The sauce was used to make enchiladas.

PaulaG March 07, 2008

Fabulous red chile sauce recipe!!! We have a variety of dried peppers that we used for the recipe. I served it over Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas 292128, and it literally made the recipe. Thanks for posting this keeper!

Dr. Jenny September 08, 2012