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- 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
- 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.
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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. 😍
I love tortas de papa, yum!
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
Add just a bit of the water to the blender, the rest yes, discard it 🙂
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!
Either works Shawna! If the seeds really bother you, go ahead and blend the sauce longer and then strain it!
Thank you Pati, you are the best Latin cook. Guadalupe
Thanks to you Guadalupe, un abrazo!
I absolutely love chile rellenos made with poplano peppers and this red sauce is fabulous! I make this all the time!
So happy to hear Janice, thanks so much!
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.
So glad you liked this recipe Lupe, keep cooking and having fun!
Best red sauce I’ve ever had. Just delicious!
Gracias, so glad to hear 😉
I will try this salsa with huevos rancheros. Mmmm…ya me los estoy saboreando!
Saludos, Pati.! ♥
Que rico! Que los disfrutes Beatriz 😉
Delicious & super easy great way to use tomatoes from the garden too
Thanks for the feedback Wendy, glad you like this sauce 😉
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!!!
So glad you’ve been tuning in and enjoying the show, gracias!
Love this sauce and use it even on omelette s!
Yay, me too! 🙂
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.
Thanks to your for tuning in Sue, let me know how your Chiles Rellenos come out 🙂
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…
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 😉
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 !
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!
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
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!
Love your show and delicious recipes. Does this sauce freeze well? I have a ton of tomatoes this year.
I would recommend canning better for this sauce Mark. And you know that tomatoes are a main ingredient in lots of my recipes right? 😉
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!
Gracias a ti Daniela! Love to know the family approved 😉
Love this easy and flavorful sauce!!
Thank you Elsa, glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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 .
Thanks for sharing, Ed.
Pati, I put my tomatoes in crock pot without water on high for a couple hours. Proceeded as per you and Yummy!! Thank you!
That sounds great, Joy!
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
You put just the tomatoes and garlic in the blender. I hope you enjoyed the sauce, Linda!
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.
I don’t usually can things…so give it a try and let me know, Jason!
Do you peel the tomatoes before you cook them? The recipe doesn’t specify.
No you don’t have to peel the tomatoes beforehand, Carol. Enjoy the sauce!
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!!!
Any tomatoes will work as long as they are really ripe, Cheryl. I do prefer roma or vine tomatoes to make sauces though…
Can I use canned tomatoes? I love San Marzanos. Would those work? Thanks
Of course Theresa, your sauce will be a bit more on the sweet side, but that is a good thing 🙂
This red sauce went perfectly with your Chile’s Rellenos recipe! Yummmm! Your recipes never disappoint!!
Aw thanks, Amanda!