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New Mexico Red Chile Sauce

Basic Red Chile Sauce

If you are using high quality red chile powder, this recipe is the one that most emphasizes the natural flavor of the chiles. It is also the easiest to make. We'll be adding some additional variations to the recipe page that use more ingredients and have more steps. You can use this recipe for enchiladas, tacos, soups/stews, on top of eggs, or whatever tickles your fancy!
Cuisine New Mexican
Keyword Chile, Red Chile, Sauce
Author Cristina


  • 4 Tbsp Red Chile Powder
  • 1.5 Cup Water You can also use veggie or chicken stock instead of water


  • Heat water to low boil
  • Add chile powder to water and whisk to combine
  • Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes or until desired consistency is achieved


  • Increase amount of chile powder to taste
  • Add Salt to taste
  • Sauce can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks