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

3.6 from 5 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.


25comments inColorado Chile Salsa

  1. 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 😉

  2. 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!

  3. Paul

    Nov 29

    Oh my goodness this was soooo yummy.
    Thank you Patti

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      LOVE that you loved it Paul 😉

  4. 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!

  5. 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 😉

  6. 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 😉

  7. 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!

  8. 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 😉

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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