colorado chile salsa recipe


Colorado Chile Salsa

Colorado Chile Salsa

Salsa de Chile Colorado

Recipe Yield

2 cups approximately

Cooking time

25 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.56 from 9 votes


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes
  • 2 colorado or guajillo chiles stemmed and seeded
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 1-inch thick slice of a large white onion about 2 ounces, peeled of outer skin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

To Prepare

  • Combine the tomatoes, chiles and garlic in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until tomatoes are completely cooked and mushy and the chiles are plumped and rehydrated.
  • Transfer the tomatoes, chiles and garlic to a blender, add the onion, salt and pepper, and purée until completely smooth.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, pour in the tomato sauce, cover partially and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors and color have deepened and the sauce has thickened slightly. Serve hot, warm, room temperature or chilled. The salsa will keep for 5 days in the refrigerator.

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73comments inColorado Chile Salsa

  1. Kelly in Phoenix

    Mar 27

    I made this recipe and instantly loved it! I put it on everything . The second time I added two chipotle peppers and a spoon of adobo sauce. It was equally yummy with a little smoky flavor. Thank you for making it easy!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 31

      Thanks to you for the kind words Kelly 😉

  2. Michael Griesenauer

    Dec 29

    This is like the 3rd or 4th time I’ve made this salsa. It’s very good but not very spicy. Each time I make it I experiment a bit to get some more spiciness to it without ruining it. This time I’m leaving the seeds from the peppers in and seeing if that does the trick.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 14

      Let me know how it came out! Also thinking that you might add 1 chipotle in adobo sauce to make it a bit more spicy!

  3. Ms Lovato

    Sep 21

    “This is the best salsa I have ever had & so easy to make.” “I honestly LOVE ur cooking, ur family & ur show!”
    I watch Patti’s show every time it comes on tv. “Thank U Patti & the TV show”. Watching ur show makes me very happy. Sincerely, Lovato in West Valley City, Utah

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 05

      Thanks so very much! Love to hear that you have been tuning in and enjoying the show, yay!

  4. Susan Lytle

    Aug 24

    What kind of fresh tomatoes do you use? Are either ripe Roma or “Tomatoes on the Vine” ok?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 04

      They are Susan, I love Romas 😉

  5. Kat H.

    Jun 14

    I put the tomatoes, onion and chili right in my vitamix on high also added homemade adobo sauce and a tbs. of tomato paste. Also could not find Colorado pepper so I used a small jalapeno. This was delish for three cheese and chicken enchiladas 😋

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 09

      Thanks for sharing the way you made it Kat 🙂

  6. Anonymous

    Jun 10

    am unable to print the recipe to try it and give feedback

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 10

      I am sorry you are having trouble with printing! There is a little printer icon below the photo of the salsa on the right hand side, just click on it and it will format the recipe and have it ready to print 🙂

  7. Claudette Granata

    Dec 10

    Is this the most popular enchilada sauce?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 02

      This one is popular, green salsa is as well. Check out this collection of Enchilada recipes to find more ideas 🙂

  8. Anne Scott

    Mar 21

    Hi! Love your show and can’t wait to make this. Are the chiles you are using fresh or dried? Would dried work since they are getting rehydrated in the liquid? or what is a good fresh substitute. Cheers and thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 22

      Yes Anne, the chiles are dried. Enjoy!

  9. Linda Howard

    Jan 30

    If fresh tomatoes are unavailable would you substitute a good quality canned tomato such as San Marzano?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 07

      Absolutely Linda, go for it!

  10. Deb

    Dec 07

    This salsa is so good! I made a double batch and used 2 guajillos and 5 chile de arbol. Cooking it makes all the difference. I leave it a little chunky instead of smooth and mom puts it over pasta! Thank you for such a flavorful recipe, Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 27

      So glad you liked it Deb! Never thought about it as a pasta sauce, but such a great idea 🙂

  11. MaryAnne

    Sep 03

    Do you add some of the liquid from the boiled ingredients

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 19

      I do not because I like this salsa a bit thick, but you could add a bit if you prefer, the cooking liquid does pack a lot of flavor MaryAnne 🙂

  12. Josh Shapiro

    Aug 28

    Do you have low salt recipes?

    Does it ruin your existing recipes to just eliminate or drastically reduce salt?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 18

      Just reduce the amount of salt to your tasting Josh, no problem. Enjoy the salsa!

  13. Gigi Robles

    Aug 20

    I will never ever buy Enchilada sauce again !! Your enchilada sauce is so simple to make, so good .I have cooked 5 or 6 of your recipes , I love watching you on tv and the emails from you !
    Pati thank you so much for sharing all your recipe !!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 26

      Thanks to you for following Gigi, I am so glad I got you off canned enchilada sauce, yay!

  14. Martha Moss

    Aug 19

    Delicious and super easy to make. Great on many dishes. Sunny side up eggs are most delicious with this salsa.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 12

      Yay!!! So glad you liked it Martha 😉

  15. Carlos Enriquez

    Jul 13

    Hola Pati, eres una gran embajadora de la alta cocina mexicana y de nuestra cultura; bravo!
    Me siento orgulloso de ser tu compatriota. No me pierdo un solo episodio en PBS

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 25

      Carlos, que amable! Mil gracias por tus lindas palabras, me encanta saber que disfrutas el programa, un abrazo grande 🙂

  16. Christina Trujillo

    Jun 26

    I made this recipe and it was so delicious with chile pods from New Mexico tks for sharing.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 03

      So glad you liked it Christina 🙂

  17. Gloria moore

    Jun 20

    Looking for your recipe for chili colorado CARNE Dr res

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 04

      Hola Gloria, it is the Carne that I prepare for these burritos, enjoy!

  18. Amanda

    May 22

    Used this as my enchilada sauce.. delicious 😋

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      Si, yummy Amanda, so happy you liked this salsa!

  19. Esme

    May 10

    Hi Pati, how are you? I love trying out your recipes. When you blend the Chiles and tomatoes do you also add the water they were boiled in? Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Not the liquid Esme, just the tomatoes, chiles and garlic. Enjoy!

  20. Patricia Macias-Najar

    May 06

    Delicious! I never miss your show, Tocaya!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Thanks so much tocaya, un abrazo!

  21. Tammy Pineau

    May 03

    I love your show. Please let me know when your cookbook comes out as I know it will be fantastico.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Thanks so much Tammy, the new book will be released on October 26th. Here is the link in case you would like to pre order it, un abrazo!

  22. Anonymous

    Apr 30

    Thank you for sharing these delicious recipes. I can’t wait to read your book. I 💕your show!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thanks so much!

  23. Chris Lignoul

    Apr 30

    It could be my own taste buds but this salsa tastes too tomato-e to me. I LOVE all of the other recipes I have tired that you feature but…this one…not so much….

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Sorry to hear this one did not work for you Chris 🙁

  24. Anonymous

    Apr 30

    Thank you, Pati. So excited for you! Wish I were in Mexici, too!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      Thanks so much 😉

  25. Richard kamud

    Apr 08


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  26. Liz pinto

    Feb 05

    Pati, I love your show and especially like it when you share food with your sons. I made your chili colorado sauce con puerco. I’m trying my high school spanish, but I haven’t seen used it in many years! I haven’t had chili colorado in many years. I fried about 2 pounds of cut-up floured pork with salt and pepper, boiled the meat, until almost done, added the chili colorado sauce and continued to cook for another half an hour or so until fork tender. Muy delicioso! Muy sabroso!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Que alegria Liz! So glad you liked this sauce, it is one of my favorites, so flavorful! Un abrazo 😉

  27. Becky

    Jan 11

    Definitely recommend with hearty dishes, like previous posted stated. Super simple and very delicious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      So glad you liked it Becky, yay!

  28. Paul

    Nov 29

    Oh my goodness this was soooo yummy.
    Thank you Patti

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      LOVE that you loved it Paul 😉

  29. Stewart L

    Nov 14

    I really enjoy making your salsa recipes. This one was great because the few ingredients highlight the New Mexico Chile, which I hadn’t cooked with before. It’s slightly warming, and a great condiment for rich beef dishes. Thanks, Pati.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Thanks to you Stewart, so glad you liked it!

  30. suzanne krause

    Oct 18

    I didn’t see how much tomato sauce to use in this recipe. Can you post it? Love your show and food.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 19

      Thanks so much Suzanne, here is the full recipe for you. Enjoy 😉

  31. Virginia Medina

    Oct 10

    The chiles you use are New Mexico chiles?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      You can go ahead and use New Mexico chiles Virginia, I used a combination with guajillos and it turned out delicious 😉

  32. Monika Jones

    Oct 09

    Pati love your shows been wachen for a long time keep up the good shows

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Thanks so much Monika, un abrazo!

  33. Laurie Williams

    Oct 08

    Pati, growing up in El Paso, I learned to make this. It’s what I use to braise browned diced pork and diced potatoes in. Chile Colorado! I make it a couple of times a year.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Delicioso! Gracias Laurie 😉

  34. Leticia Aldaco

    Oct 08

    Im from new mexico and i eas so excited to see you. Use a treasured ingredian. I would love to see a show where you go to new mexico.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Hopefully I will be able to visit soon Leticia, thank you!

  35. Michelle Pellegrini

    Oct 07

    Hola Pati!
    Is this salsa the same one used to make Chile Colorado?
    I just love your show! Gracias!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 08

      Yes Michelle, and this Salsa is widely used in Sonoran Food 😉 Thanks for tuning in!

      1. Michelle

        Oct 08

        Thank you Pati!

  36. Artie Owens

    Oct 01

    What would you use this salsa for Patti?
    Grasias! 🌹

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Hey Artie, I used this salsa to top a chile relleno taco with chubby flour tortillas, here are the recipes, but you can use it with any tacos, tostadas, sopes or basically anything! Enjoy 😉

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