Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a red sauce that I found on some website and slightly made adjustments. It's an excellent sauce for tamales, enchiladas and Mexican chicken casseroles.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the 1/2 cup of water in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour sauce into a medium sauce pan and add remaining 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook through for about 20 minutes.
  4. Note: Makes Aprox 2 quarts.


Most Helpful

I was looking for a sauce for tamales and came upon this one. Our family LOVED it. I did add more jalapeno and cayenne, but we like spicy food. It's such a versatile sauce; I too will be making this again -- doubling it -- so I can have it handy in the freezer. It's so good and fresh-tasting. Thanks, Sheri.

TasteTester June 15, 2007

FANTASTIC!!! I am going to make more to keep in my freezer, I used three jalapeno peppers and increased the garlic way up and adjusted the spice amounts just slightly, thanks for a wonderful recipe hon!...Kitten

Kittencal@recipezazz January 10, 2007

Savory but not overpowering. Nice complement to tamales and we used the leftover for a chili base. Very easy.

Jeff C. September 20, 2015

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