Colorado Chile Salsa

Colorado Chile Salsa

Salsa de Chile Colorado
2 cups approximately
Pati Jinich
Course: Basic Recipe, Salsa, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: basic recipe, chile colorado, guajillo chiles, red sauce, Salsa, salsa roja, sauce, Tomatoes
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Colorado Chile Salsa recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 9, Episode 1 "Tucson: Gateway to Sonora"


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.