Colorado Red Chili Sauce

Colorado Red Chili Sauce

3 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 45 minutes

This is authentic north Mexican chili sauce. It is an excellent sauce to use for slow cooking cubed pork or beef, but it is absolutely the best for enchiladas and Quesadillas!! You'll be making up recipes to use this sauce on.


2 oz. Dried New Mexican "Big Jim" chilies
1 oz. Dried Jalapenos
4 cups hot water; boiling
1/2 large yellow onion; finely chopped
6 cloves Garlic; minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 tbs vegetables oil
1 tbs all purpose flour
1/2 tbs salt; or to taste
2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. sugar; or to taste

Original recipe makes 7



Rinse and split chilies, removing stems and seeds.

Slightly toast chilies in small batches in a very hot oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute being careful not to burn them.

Transfer to a heat proof, sealeable container and pour the boiling water over them. Seal the container, opening occasionally to stir. Allow them to soak for 15-20 minutes.

In a heavy saucepan, cook the onion, garlic, cumin, oregano in the oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.

In a blender, pour chilies and 3/4 of the liquid, along with the onion, garlic, cumin and oregano mixture, setting aside 1/4 of the liquid. Puree thoroughly.

Strain through a sieve pressing on the solids to get all the sauce out. Throw away the solids. Pour into a heavy skillet and over medium low heat whisk in the reserved liquid and the flour. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally until reduced to desired consistency, about 30 minutes. Season with salt, sugar and vinegar. This sauce can be made ahead of time, cooled completely and kept in the refrigerator for 10 days.

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"This is a perfect example of what to use this sauce on. It really blends well with the chorizo and jalapenos." — thetitan99 thetitan99

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thanks for sharing, i like this recipe, CCheryl
CCheryl 4y ago

The poster is right, this does take a while but it was excellent. I made it with the Chorizo and jalapeno quesadillas and have given them both a medal!! I'm going to make enchiladas with the remainder of this sauce tonight!! I would strongly suggest tripling this recipe.
kieron2020 6y ago

If you don't like your sauce as spicy as I do you could use dried poblanos. (Anchos). Although I think you really need to try the heat of the New Mexicans and Jalapenos. [I posted this recipe.]
thetitan99 6y ago

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