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The key to a great enchilada is the sauce. Mexican cooks refer to it as "gravy" and each region of Texas has its own distinct version. Salsa Roja is most common in the high desert of western Texas, where, Louis Lambert found, whole dried chiles are a mainstay. To him, this slightly sweet, richly flavored peppery sauce is the very best enchilada gravy. More Tex-Mex Recipes

Louis Lambert
March 2007

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active:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
makes 5 cups
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  • In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the cider vinegar and bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Working in batches, puree the sauce in a blender. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the vinegar.

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The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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