Mexican Red Sauce

"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."
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Ready In:
2 quarts




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

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  1. beeula
    This was way too sweet. I was looking for a recipe like they have in resturants...a brownish red sauce that the put over enchiladas and burritos.
  2. TasteTester
    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.
  3. Kittencalrecipezazz
    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
  4. David C.
    This is awful. It tastes like someone dropped a jalapeno into a bowl of ketchup... Wish I could get the money back I wasted on all these ingredients.
  5. Jeff C.
    Savory but not overpowering. Nice complement to tamales and we used the leftover for a chili base. Very easy.


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