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El Mexicano New Mexico Ground Chili

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How to Make New Mexico Red Chile Sauce from Powder

Many have asked us for an authentic New Mexico Red Chile Sauce Recipe using  red chile powder. 


Perfect for:

  • Red Enchiladas
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Chile Con Carne
  • Posole
  • Chile Beans


  • 1/2 cup red chile powder
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 tsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp salt


  • In a 2 litre saucepan, heat 2 tsp vegetable oil to medium heat.
  • Add onion, garlic, & saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in the oregano, cumin and flour.
  • Stir for about 4-5 minutes until the mixture because a roux, begins to bubble, and turns a light brown, then remove from heat.
  • In a separate bowl, mix chile powder & water until it is blended smoothly.
  • Combine the chile mixture and flour/onion paste, stirring with a whisk to prevent any lumps.
  • Return the pan to medium heat & bring the sauce to a boiling point.
  • Stir constantly until bubbles form.
  • Once the sauce shows signs of boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer & cover for 2-3 minutes.
  • Be sure to stir thoroughly to catch any lumps that might begin to form.
  • Let the sauce cool, smooth & thicken.

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