Carnitas Tacos

Red Chile Sauce

An easy and authentic red chile sauce perfect for tacos or enchiladas!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Soaking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Lisa


  • 15 Dried New Mexico Red Chilies
  • 2-4 Dried Ancho Chilies optional
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Remove stems and seeds from dried chilies and place on a baking sheet. Add the garlic to the baking sheet as well.
  3. Roast dried chilies and garlic for 2-5 minutes. The chiles will start to smell sweet. You don’t want them to burn so watch them carefully!
  4. Remove the chilies and add to a bowl of hot water, allow them to rehydrate for 30 minutes. Return the garlic to oven to continue roasting for another 10 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes, add the chiles, garlic, cumin, salt, onion powder, and 2 ½ cups water that the chiles were soaking in, into a food processor. Process until smooth. You can use the sauce as is or strain it to get any extra pepper pieces out.
  6. Use on tacos or enchiladas! Enjoy!