Homemade Organic Red Enchilada Sauce with Long Hot Peppers

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cups Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock(preferred)
  • 2 cups organic crushed tomatoes, or diced organic tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups organic yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 organic long hot pepper
  • 4 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt, or to taste
  • organic freshly ground peppercorn blend, to taste

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Put water in a kettle and boil it.
  2. Heat up a medium frying pan to really high heat.
  3. Add the cut long hot pepper (seeds and all if you like it hotter!) to the pan.
  4. Press down on the pepper pieces and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer the charred chilies to a bowl and reserve the soaking liquid.
  6. Add boiling hot water to the bowl and cover with another bowl or plate to prevent them from floating.
  7. Set a timer and allow the chilies to soak for 30 minutes; While the chilies are soaking, proceed to the next step in the recipe.
  8. Place some schmaltz (if using chicken stock) or tallow (if using beef stock) into a frying pan.
  9. Once the oil is warm enough, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the onions brown slightly.
  11. You may still have to wait for the chilies to finish soaking.
  12. Next, I transfer the chilies, garlic and onions to a half-gallon mason jar.
  13. Add the tomato puree and stock to the jar.
  14. I get out my immersion blender and I blend everything into a thick liquid.
  15. You can strain the liquid into the frying pan, or just dump it all in if you want a hotter sauce.
  16. Add the cumin and oregano to the sauce, mix well and bring to a boil.
  17. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  18. If the sauce isn’t warm enough for you, you can add the soaking liquid to the sauce.
  19. I generally can the extra sauce as freezing it will make it hotter.
  20. Enjoy!

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