Ancho Chile Sauce Recipe

Chicken enchiladas
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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 2 Cups (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
27 Calories
1g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 2 Cups (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 92mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chile sauce is made with dried ancho chile peppers. Use this simple sauce with enchiladas, or use itwith grilled fish or chicken.


  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 small tomatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • dash dried leaf oregano
  • dash cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Steps to Make It

Soak ancho peppers in hot water for 15 minutes. remove stems and seeds; chop. Sauté chopped chiles and onion in vegetable oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, raisins, cumin, oregano, and chicken broth; simmer 10 minutes longer.

Transfer to a blender and blend until sauce is smooth.

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