Hear me out. It’s not that hard. Buy some dried, whole chiles. Soak them. Combine with a few ingredients, puree, strain and Voila! You’ve got a delicious sauce that isn’t just for meat. Of course you can use with meat but the possibilities are endless! Tucson Tamale Company has a wide selection of delicious tamales and they sell them in stand alone stores, at several grocery stores and the ship nationwide!
3 oz dried Red chiles
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp oregano
1/2 onion finely diced
salt and pepper to taste
- Place dried chiles in bowl and cover with water. Be sure to fully submerge chiles by placing an additional bowl on top. Allow them to soak overnight.
- Drain chiles. Remove stems. If you want a mild level of heat, remove seeds. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, sauté EVOO, garlic oregano and onion until soft. Set aside to cool.
- Once cool, add chiles and sautéed ingredients to a blender with 1 1/2 cups water and blend. Adding additional water to achieve your desired consistency.
- Push blended mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the sauce pan. Warm over medium-low heat, season with additional salt and pepper to taste and serve!
Serving suggestions: Spoon over tamales, eggs, roasted chicken, roasted vegetables. Or add it to rice or soups. You can even mix it in to hummus to add a little something special. Oh, and I’ll post a picture of the finished product after I make another batch. Ryan got to it before I could capture it.