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    Red Chili Sauce (To Be Used With Traditional Tamales)

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    1 hr 5 mins

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    35 mins

    Karen From Colorado's Note:

    This is the recipe I use to make Traditional Tamales (Pork). For an online tamale making tutorial, including pictures, please see posted in the Mexican cooking forum.

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    1. 1
      Remove stems and seeds from dried chili peppers.
    2. 2
      Place peppers in a single layer on a baking sheet.
    3. 3
      Roast in 350°F oven for 2 to 5 minutes or until you smell a sweet roasted aroma, checking often to avoid burning.
    4. 4
      Remove from oven and soak in enough hot water to cover for about 30 minutes or until cool.
    5. 5
      Put peppers and 2 1/2 cups of the soaking water into a blender (save the remaining soaking water).
    6. 6
      Add garlic, cumin and salt.
    7. 7
      Cover and blend until smooth.
    8. 8
      In a 2-quart sauce pan, stir flour into oil or melted shortening over med heat until browned.
    9. 9
      Carefully stir in blended chili mixture.
    10. 10
      Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. (If sauce gets too thick, stir in up to 1 cup of the remaining soaking water until you reach the desired thickness) Use this sauce for traditional tamales, Traditional Tamales (Pork).
    11. 11
      Note: When working with chilies, use rubber gloves to protect your skin, and avoid contact with your eyes. Wash hands throughly with soap and water to remove all of the chili oils.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 28, 2002


      This sauce was very easy to make. I could smell the aroma from the peppers after they were in the oven for 1 minute and 45 sec. I will make an extra cup to put over the tamales before serving next time. You really need to make Karen's tamale recipe it is great!!

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    • on May 06, 2002


      This was great with the tamales, but I am thinking that it would also make a great base for chili.

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    • on July 17, 2010


      Amazing! This is an excellent tamale sauce! Some family members were skeptical, since there wasn't very many ingredients in it ("No tomatoes? I bet that's not very good." -My Mom), but I believed in the recipe (ha!).

      I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! I used dried guajillo chilis I found at the store and they were perfect. I cut off the stem, then sliced them open on one side so that I could get the seeds out. This worked well and was very fast. I would recommend straining the sauce before thickening it- there are lots of little pieces of chili skins that don't get blended completely.

      Will definitely make this sauce again! Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Chili Sauce (To Be Used With Traditional Tamales)

    Serving Size: 1 (44 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 39.5
    Calories from Fat 23
    Total Fat 2.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 585.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 0.9 g
    Protein 0.7 g

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