Like many recipes that I have for making what you can easily buy, I aquired this recipe while living overseas. We had to make our red sauce if we wanted it - along with our own tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa, tamales, pancake mix...
Anyway, after mentioning this, my friend, J, said, And you've never made this for us?
Seriously - no offense to J (or J's spouse). I've not made this recipe for The Boy, either. In fact, I haven't made this recipe since I moved back to the United States from Kenya in 1997 - 15 years ago.
But there's nothing like an aggrieved comment to get me cooking. The other day I whipped up a batch for The Boy (Boy before friends, I always say) to get his opinion.
His thought? This is amazing. J would go crazy for it.
There you have it: Boy tested, Boy approved. And now I'll probably never buy red chile sauce at the store again.
Red Chile Sauce
- 4 T flour
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 t onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano (I omitted the oregano because it upsets my stomach)
- 3 T ground red chile powder (I used 1.5 T ground chile and 1.5 T ground adobe chile) or 3/4 T chile puree
- 1 qt (4 c) water
- 1 #1 can tomato paste