Red enchilada sauce

Red enchilada sauce

Red enchilada sauce

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

An earthy yet palatable sauce that goes well on enchiladas.


  • 2 guajillo peppers
  • 1 chipotle pepper
  • 3 arbol peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chocolate


Soak peppers

Remove stems and seeds from dry peppers. Add to a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat. Allow to soak in liquid for 20-30 minutes.

Make sauce

  1. Once peppers have soaked, add to blender, along with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and enough soaking liquid to blend. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add oil to a pot and heat over medium (4).
  3. Strain blended ingredients over pot. Stir well.
  4. Add seasonings and some salt. Allow sauce to simmer over medium-low (2-3) heat for 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Use as desired.


Other types of dried peppers can be used, although I found this combination to be good.

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