This is an intense chile sauce traditional to Mexico. We've relied on two dried chiles that are easy to find: the pasilla, which is long, dark brown, and mild; and the ancho, which is heart-shaped, dark brown, and mild. You can use only one, if it's all you can find, but the combination of the two results in a more balanced flavor.

Recipe by Cooking Light October 1999


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1/4 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Remove stems and seeds from chiles. Combine chiles and boiling water in a large bowl; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain chiles in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons soaking liquid. Combine the chiles and reserved soaking liquid in a blender, and process until smooth. Cover and chill.


Nutrition Facts

24 calories; calories from fat 26%; fat 0.7g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 4.5g; fiber 2g; iron 0.6mg; sodium 28mg; calcium 10mg.