Use this simmered, fresh tomato sauce from Sandra A. Gutierrez for chilaquiles or huevos rancheros, or sauté a few spoonfuls to start your next pot of rice, beans, or braised beef. Make extra and keep it in your refrigerator to drizzle over meals and snacks this week.

August 2018


Credit: Victor Protasio

Recipe Summary

20 mins
Makes 2 cups


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook guajillo chiles in a medium skillet over medium-high, turning occasionally, until just soft, about 1 minute. Using scissors, cut a slit along one side of each chile, and open it like a book. Remove and discard stem, seeds, and veins. Use scissors to cut chiles into small pieces.

  • Place chiles, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, 1/3 cup water, garlic, and oregano in a blender. Process until smooth, about 45 seconds. Pour mixture through a medium-size wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl; discard solids.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high until hot. When oil is hot, add the strained tomato sauce. (Sauce will splatter.) Using a wooden spoon with a long handle, stir sauce. Simmer, stirring often, until sauce thickens slightly and reduces to 2 cups, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in salt and pepper.