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A white bowl with chile guajillo salsa and tortilla chips on the side.

Easy Guajillo Sauce Recipe

This Guajillo Sauce recipe is super quick and easy to make, and full of the best smoky and slightly-spicy flavors that everyone is sure to love! It’s the perfect salsa for eggs, seafood, steaks & even to make chilaquiles.
Course Appetizers
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 12kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • 6 dried guajillos chiles
  • 3 dried arbol chiles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Remove the stems and seeds from the guajillo & arbol chiles.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the chiles, garlic cloves, onion, 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt.
    6 dried guajillos chiles, 3 dried arbol chiles, 3 garlic cloves, ½ onion, 4 cups water, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Bring the water to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the guajillo chiles are soft.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the hot water.
  • In a blender, add all of the ingredients with 1 cup of the chile water. Add the other 1 teaspoon salt, the cumin, oregano and black pepper. Puree until smooth. About 2 minutes.
    1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon kosher salt



Make sure your chiles are soft and pliable. This means they are still fresh and have not been sitting on the shelves for too long.


Serving: 1oz | Sodium: 54mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g