This is my version of my favorite taco wagon's 'earthy' hot sauce of which I can never get enough. It is a little time consuming, but well worth it. I put it on everything from eggs to tacos, quesadillas, and salads. You can use any combination of chiles (cascabel, chipotle, Californian, New Mexican). For a hotter sauce, you can use all hot New Mexico chiles or add a few dried arbol chiles. For a tangier sauce, add the juice of 1 lime.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
additional:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 ounces
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Remove stems and seeds from the guajillo chile, pasilla chile, and the New Mexico chile pods.

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  • Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Toast the chile pods in the skillet until lightly brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the chile pods to a small bowl and pour the warm water over them. Allow chiles to soak about 40 minutes.

  • Remove the guajillo and New Mexico chiles from the water. Use a spoon to scrape the pulp from the skin. Discard the skin. Place the pulp of the guajillo chile and the New Mexico chiles in a food processor with the pasilla chile and the water in which the peppers soaked. Puree in the food processor until all ingredients are combined. Add the garlic, cumin, salt, brown sugar, salt, and vinegar. Puree the mixture until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

5 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; sodium 195.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2008
This is pretty good sauce. It was easy to make. I didn't have the guajillo chile so I subbed a chipotle. It gave it a nice smoky flavor. I just read that you suggested an arbol chile for heat. I have those. I will have to make again to try with the arbols. Interesting sauce. Would like it a little thicker though. Going to play with the recipe now that I've tried it the way you posted it. Thanks for a nice hot sauce recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2011
I would suggest when heating chilis in the pan to try to do that outside. We had too much chili in the air and were coughing like crazy but we did use arbol chilis which probably made fumes in the air Read More
(7)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2008
This is pretty good sauce. It was easy to make. I didn't have the guajillo chile so I subbed a chipotle. It gave it a nice smoky flavor. I just read that you suggested an arbol chile for heat. I have those. I will have to make again to try with the arbols. Interesting sauce. Would like it a little thicker though. Going to play with the recipe now that I've tried it the way you posted it. Thanks for a nice hot sauce recipe. Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2008
Great hot sauce. I didn't have quite enough cumin so used only 3/4 tsp. but everything else was the same. I did add the optional lime. Great flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2011
Big BIG thanks for the helpful recipe. We no longer have to beg at Coronas or Tacos Por Favor!!! We mixed and matched as you suggested and slugged it outta the park on the first go! Oh happy days! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2011
I would suggest when heating chilis in the pan to try to do that outside. We had too much chili in the air and were coughing like crazy but we did use arbol chilis which probably made fumes in the air Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
07/06/2009
Great flavor! But no heat. Definitely needs to be thicker. Will try to adjust Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
08/23/2010
Just joined this was my first try I must say this is too runny but good flavor.. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2012
I thought this was easy and tastey. I even left the skin on and used hatch peppers if thats any different from New Mexico. Mine had the perfect amount of heat. I will make I Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2015
I was very disappointed in this sauce. It was very bitter and not at all like the sauce served at Mexican fast food places. Read More