You know they old saying, when life gives you a giant bag of dried Red New Mexico Chiles, make a delicious pureed sauce. Though this looks so spicy it’ll burn off even Mark Twain’s undead eyebrows, the taste is slightly smoky and mild. It’s a great addition to a variety of dishes.
WARNING: EXPLODING CHILES AHEAD!
Fresh oregano from my own personal garden!
Not knowing much about dried chiles and making sauces with them I went ahead and just worked from a solid recipe from Diaz Family Farms. I followed their recipe step by step, except I used a stick blender that resulted in a more course sauce that if I had used a traditional blender.
When making your chile sauce don’t throw out the chile water! It’s perfect for marinating or a great addition to a Bloody Mary mix, both are potential options for upcoming blog posts!
If you want a thicker sauce follow their recipe to make a chile sauce roux. Use as an ingredient in any Mexican dishes or just put a bit on a tortilla and enjoy!
- Red Chile Pods
- 1 bay leaf
- Whole Crushed Oregano
- Granulated garlic
- Salt or granulated chicken bouillon
- Rinse and remove the stems and seeds from approximately 25 pods.
- In a pot, add enough water to fully cover pods.
- Add 1 bay leaf.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes, then let cool slightly.
- Remove bay leaf, and with a blender puree pods and the water.
- Use a colander to separate the pulp from the skin, do this several cups at a time.
- tsp cumin
- tsp whole oregano (crushed)
- tsp granulated garlic
- tsp salt or granulated chicken bouillon
- Add 1 tsp of oil and 1 tsp flour
- Let simmer for about 2 minutes.
- Add to chile sauce to thicken and bring to a boil.