Sunday, August 1, 2010

chipotle sauce

It was definitely time to try a new enchilada sauce.  This sauce goes with an enchilada recipe I'll be posting shortly.  I decided to throw out the chile powders for this one and use actual dried chiles.  Chipotles are a spicy, smoky dried chile that work in a lot of dishes.  This one worked well with the addition of a little cinnamon and some oregano. 

The veg route:
So we have some friends who are vegetarians and great cooks.  They shared this bouillon with us and it works pretty well.  When simmering the dried chiles on the stove, I put a small teaspoon full this base into 2 cups of water.  It helps flavor the chile water (which you'll use later on to thin out the sauce).  It's a little salty so get to know it before you use it in place of regular chicken broth.  If you want to go the veg route, I do suggest this.

4-6 chipotles (the dry ones, number varies depending on how hot you want it)
1 guajillo chile
1 small onion, chopped coarsely
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 can tomato sauce
oregano, cinnamon, white wine, salt for taste. 

Stem and rinse chiles.  Remove any seeds that you can.  Put chiles in a pot with 2 cups of broth (vegetarian, regular...).  Throw in the onion and garlic.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.   When soft, pull out seeds and place in blender with tomato sauce with 1/2 cup of chile water.  Process until smooth adding chile water until desired consistency is reached. 
After this step, I put the sauce onto the stove in a sauce pot and add a dash of cinnamon, 1 t. finely ground oregano and 2 T. white wine.  Simmer for a few minutes tasting the sauce until it tastes right.  If you get it terribly hot, you could always add some more tomato sauce or if it's too mild you can add some dried chile powder. 



  1. Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. Thanks for the nice comment :-)!

  3. Hola Jose!! Wow, I'm so glad you stopped by and left a comment...your blog is fantastic. Looks pretty new, huh? I can't wait to read more...I browsed back through the chilaquiles so far :) Also, in case you didn't see, Two for Tuesdays goes up tonight around 11:30-ish. About the same time every week...and the link stays open through Sunday. I hope you do stop by and link up one of your delicioso posts!

  4. p.s...LOVE the name of your blog =)

  5. By "tomato sauce," do you mean tomato paste?

  6. Hi girlichef. Thanks for the nice comments! I'm really glad to have found your blog too, and I'm excited about the Real food blog hop. I'll link up my recipe tonight or tomorrow morning. Gracias again!
    Ben, although I use tomato paste in the other sauce recipe, I used tomato sauce (just the small 8 oz can of unsalted tomato sauce). I will probably keep playing with the sauce and if it gets really spicy, I'll end up going the paste route. I'm going to try to make as many recipes as possible vegetarian in case you're interested. That's the route we seem to be going these days. This sauce is going with some roasted sweet potato enchiladas. I think you'd like them.

  7. Hola Jose, acabo de descubrir tu blog, super super interesante, asi que volvere por aqui a ver que novedades tienes, por cierto, el chipotle, es mi chile favorito, lo adoro! saluditos desde londres

  8. I have been looking for a sauce like this - yea! (I got here from your Two for Tues. link up)

  9. Thanks Christy. I'm going to keep playing with this recipe a bit to see if I can get it more like a red sauce than a tomato sauce. I'll probably double it in the future also.


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