chile rellenos pati jinich


Red Sauce

Red Sauce

Salsa Roja

Recipe Yield

4 cups approx.

Cooking time

30 minutes

Rate this recipe

3.63 from 8 votes


  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 1-inch thick slice of a large white onion outer skin peeled off (about 2 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

To Prepare

  • Place the tomatoes 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 the tomatoes are completely smooth, cooked and mushy.
  • Place tomatoes and garlic in a blender along with the onion and salt, and process until completely smooth.
  • Heat the oil in medium saucepan, set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, pour in the tomato sauce, cover with a lid partially and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring here and there. Add the chicken broth, stir and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes, until well seasoned and lightly thickened.


56comments inRed Sauce

  1. Joe

    Dec 18

    Gonna try this sauce with a pork shoulder I smoked using Cholula sauce as a binder and fajita spices. Gonna make a non-traditional tamale with this sauce to prevent dryness and not detract from the other flavors. wish me luck.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 20

      Good luck! Sounds like a great plan to me Joe 😉

  2. Tari Rowe

    Jun 14

    This red sauce is BEYOND AWESOME!!!! I have shared this with numerous friends and the love it as much s I do.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 09

      Thanks so much for spreading the love Tari!

  3. Marisol - Sea & Sun Calligraphy

    Feb 22

    Thank you Pati, for this delicious recipe! I made these for the first time and loved them!

    When I was young my mother would make these but I would not eat them since I was a picky eater 😂!! Instead she would make tortas de papa for us kiddos during Lent. I am so glad that I can now make homemade chiles rellenos. 😍

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 08

      I love tortas de papa, yum!

  4. Candace

    Nov 03

    I absolutely love all your recipes but I have a question with the tomato sauce do you throw away the water that you boil the tomatoes in or do you put it in the blender

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 09

      Add just a bit of the water to the blender, the rest yes, discard it 🙂

  5. Shawna

    Sep 21

    Hi! I tried this recipe and I love it. However, I had a lot of seeds in the finished product. Should I have blended it longer or strained it before putting simmering it down? Thanks!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 11

      Either works Shawna! If the seeds really bother you, go ahead and blend the sauce longer and then strain it!

  6. Anonymous

    Sep 10

    Thank you Pati, you are the best Latin cook. Guadalupe

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 11

      Thanks to you Guadalupe, un abrazo!

  7. Janice

    Jul 08

    I absolutely love chile rellenos made with poplano peppers and this red sauce is fabulous! I make this all the time!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 20

      So happy to hear Janice, thanks so much!

  8. Lupe Miller

    Jun 29

    Thank you Pati! I made it and it was great like my mamas. It tasted the best I have ever had!!! I love your videos, they gave me courage to make this sauce abd chile rellenos.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 18

      So glad you liked this recipe Lupe, keep cooking and having fun!

  9. Susan

    Jun 09

    Best red sauce I’ve ever had. Just delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 13

      Gracias, so glad to hear 😉

  10. Beatriz

    Feb 24

    I will try this salsa with huevos rancheros. Mmmm…ya me los estoy saboreando!
    Saludos, Pati.! ♥

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 25

      Que rico! Que los disfrutes Beatriz 😉

  11. Wendy Wygant

    Jan 16

    Delicious & super easy great way to use tomatoes from the garden too

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 07

      Thanks for the feedback Wendy, glad you like this sauce 😉

  12. miss topsy

    Jan 15

    thank you for posting these recipes! I always seem to miss an ingredient or two while watching your show, lol, I get distracted. btw, I LOVE YOUR SHOW!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 07

      So glad you’ve been tuning in and enjoying the show, gracias!

  13. Elsa Pipes

    Sep 17

    Love this sauce and use it even on omelette s!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 19

      Yay, me too! 🙂

  14. Sue Porter

    Sep 04

    Hi Pati,
    I just watched your show on Chile’s Rellenos. Looks delicious! I have a small garden and am growing my own poblano chilies and tomatoes. I am definitely trying this recipe tomorrow. We love Mexican food and your recipes make me want to cook more Mexican food and perhaps visit Mexico one day.
    Thanks so much for your show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 18

      Thanks to your for tuning in Sue, let me know how your Chiles Rellenos come out 🙂

  15. Ravindu Fonseka

    Jan 20

    Hola Pati!

    I’m Ravindu from Sri Lanka. And believe me, I love avocadoes , tomatoes and lots of chili in almost anything I eat, very much like you and Juju. And after watching your show, now I have gotten into the habit of telling myself every time I use raw meat; “wash your hands very well after touching raw meat” while on my way to the kitchen sink. Hope you all are doing safe. Whenever I can, I somehow make it possible to watch your show everyday (even amid exams ..LOL..)
    Thank you so much for reminding the world that food brings happiness, and whenever good food hits a table, we will never grow old. God bless you all!
    PS- I recommend you to try a Sri Lankan dish as well, with your very own Mexican twist.

    Love and regards,
    Ravindu and family…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 21

      Thanks so much Ravindu for your kindness, so happy to read that you are tuning in all the way from Sri Lanka! My love to you and your family, keep cooking and having fun 😉

  16. Stephen Ricker

    Jan 14

    Chile Relleno is my favorite when in a Mexican restaurant! Thank you for showing us how to prepare that wonderful dish! I live in New Hampshire here in USA and have no idea how to find Poblano peppers. Do you have any suggestions as where they can be purchased?
    PS Some Mexican restaurants use the green salsa verde with Chile relleno which is equally delicious !

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Hola Stephen, look for any Hispanic or Latin Market in your area. If not, I know Walmart carries them, as well as Whole Foods. Good luck!

  17. Tom B

    Sep 20

    Easy and tasty red sauce recipe. It complimented the Chile Rellenos perfectly which were great themselves!
    Thank you for both and for sharing all your terrific recipes.
    What other recipes is this sauce good to use with? Thanks again! Tom

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 24

      Hey Tom! This sauce is really versatile, you can use it to make enchiladas, chilaquiles, to dip taquitos, top sopes or even make a beef stew with potatoes and carrots. Enjoy!

  18. Mark

    Aug 08

    Hi Pati,
    Love your show and delicious recipes. Does this sauce freeze well? I have a ton of tomatoes this year.


    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 11

      I would recommend canning better for this sauce Mark. And you know that tomatoes are a main ingredient in lots of my recipes right? 😉

  19. Daniela

    Mar 21

    I made your chile rellenos and salsa roja for cuaresma and it was restaurant quality! My family loved it! I added one tomatillo to the salsa which simply added to your already delicious flavors =) ¡Gracias Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 27

      Gracias a ti Daniela! Love to know the family approved 😉

  20. Elsa

    Feb 19

    Love this easy and flavorful sauce!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 19

      Thank you Elsa, glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  21. Ed Mueller

    Oct 22

    After making the “Red Sauce” pour into a sauce pan, add a couple of Bay Leaves and chopped Celery. Simmer until celery is translucent and soft. Then spoon over Chile Rellenos ! This is an old recipe handed down from family when I lived in El Paso! Different flavorful twist .

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 23

      Thanks for sharing, Ed.

  22. Joy Wadas

    Sep 21

    Pati, I put my tomatoes in crock pot without water on high for a couple hours. Proceeded as per you and Yummy!! Thank you!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 21

      That sounds great, Joy!

  23. Linda Patin

    Sep 07

    I was a bit confused. Do I put all the water from boiling the tomatoes in the blender too, or just the tomatoes? I did half the water. Not sure I didn’t see in directions

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 09

      You put just the tomatoes and garlic in the blender. I hope you enjoyed the sauce, Linda!

  24. Jason Korstad

    Sep 03

    Patti. We have a gazillion ripe tomatoes that need to be used. Will this recipe pressure can well? If so do we add or omit anything? Thanks for all of your fabulous recipes and we love watching your show.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 07

      I don’t usually can things…so give it a try and let me know, Jason!

  25. Carol Slosberg

    Aug 16

    Do you peel the tomatoes before you cook them? The recipe doesn’t specify.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 17

      No you don’t have to peel the tomatoes beforehand, Carol. Enjoy the sauce!

  26. Cheryl

    Aug 11

    Hello Patti! Love your recipes! When using tomatoes, does it matter if I use Plum tomatoes for certain recipes, or regular vine ripe (round) tomatoes? How do I know which works best for a recipe? Thank you!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 19

      Any tomatoes will work as long as they are really ripe, Cheryl. I do prefer roma or vine tomatoes to make sauces though…

      1. Theresa

        Dec 31

        Can I use canned tomatoes? I love San Marzanos. Would those work? Thanks

        1. Pati Jinich

          Jan 02

          Of course Theresa, your sauce will be a bit more on the sweet side, but that is a good thing 🙂

  27. Amanda

    Jun 07

    This red sauce went perfectly with your Chile’s Rellenos recipe! Yummmm! Your recipes never disappoint!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 07

      Aw thanks, Amanda!

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