Mexican Red Sauce (Chile Colorado)

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This Mexican Red Sauce is exactly what you need to make Tamales, Enchiladas, Pozole, Carne Con Chile and more! 




  1. Remove the top of the chiles and shake out most of the seeds.
  2. In a large pot, add the chiles and all of the spices.
  3. Add enough water to cover all of the chiles.
  4. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 2 hours.
  5. The following steps will be done in batches until all of the chiles are blended:
  6. Once the chiles are soft, transfer to a blender or food processor and add about 1 to 2 cups of water each batch. Start with 1 cup and add more if they are not blending well due to being dry.
  7. Add the pureed chiles through a strainer to remove the remaining seeds and skins.
  8. Push the chile mix with a spoon to get the most out of them.
  9. Once all of the chiles are strained, transfer to a big bowl and add more salt and pepper to taste.


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