Guajillo Chile Salsa

Guajillo Chile Salsa

Salsa de Chile Guajillo
2 cups
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cumin, garlic, guajillo chiles, onion, oregano, pati's mexican table, Salsa, Tomatoes, tortilla chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Guajillo Chile Salsa recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 1, Episode 1 “Quesadillas”


  • 3 guajillo chiles, (about 1 ounce), stemmed and seeded
  • 1 pound roma tomatoes, or about 4 or 5 tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 cup white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon safflower or corn oil

To Prepare

  • Toast guajillo chiles for about 20 seconds per side over an already hot pan or comal set over medium low heat. Be careful not to burn them or they will taste bitter.
  • Place toasted chiles, tomatoes and garlic in a pan covered with hot water and simmer for about 10 minutes until the guajillos are softened and tomatoes are cooked through. Place the chiles, tomatoes and garlic in the blender with about ½ cup of the cooking liquid, the onion, oregano, cumin and salt and puree until smooth. Strain the sauce.
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan set over medium high heat. Once hot, pour in the sauce, careful because it will jump a bit, and simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and seasons. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed. Once cooled down, the sauce may be refrigerated for a couple weeks.

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  1. This recipe is unreal! Used unstrained on scrambled eggs also for chip dipping. I love all of your cooking ideas and endless recipes. I have learned so much from watching your tv show, keep up the great work Pati!

  2. So super yummy! I ended up not straining it as I like a chunkier salsa. So rico! I made breakfast tostadas with eggs, chorizo and black beans and ripped then with this salsa. It was divine! Foodie mama, picky papa and 15 mo old all so happy! A rare occasion!

  3. I had a similar experience to Christina (before reading this comment) that in my fine-mesh strainer almost nothing came out, so I wasn’t sure which side of the strainer I was supposed to discard. Luckily I kept it all and it turned out delicious. Thanks Pati for all your great recipes and techniques!

  4. Patti, once I strained the sauce though a sieve, there was barely half a cup of salsa left. Thoughts? Regardless, it tasted delicious.


    1. Some chiles and tomatoes run a bit small…make sure to use an ounce of guajillos with a pounds of tomatoes. You can also skip the straining part, if your blender does a good job of pureeing 😉

  5. Yo frio los chiles y los remojo, aparte frío los jitomates, cebolla y ajos. después muelo todo junto agreagando los chiles ya suaves y las especias.