Easy Red Enchilada Sauce


  • ½ lb dried red chilies (Guajillo Chilies)
  • ½ onion cut in half
  • Peel 3-4 pieces off remaining onion and cut into slices, put aside
  • 2 lg garlic cloves (keep whole)
  • 2 TBS oil
  • 1 cup Water or chicken broth
  • Seasoning- salt, oregano, cumin
  • some “sugar” if it is too spicy for you


Take chilies, spread apart, remove seeds, spiny veins & place in pot with water on stove.

Bring water/chilies to boil then turn to med heat and cook for 15-20 mins

While chilies cook, take sliced onion pieces and cook in 2 TBS oil until almost burnt. DO NOT TURN during cooking.

When chilies are cooked (soft) put aside to cool. About 20 minutes

Once cooled, now put onion, garlic and chilies into blender add water (about 1 cup)

Turn blender on and mix first then blend. About 8-10 seconds

Now taste the mixture. Add some salt, oregano, and cumin and mix some more.

Pour mixture from blender, through a strainer, pressing the mixture with a spatula, and add this to sauce pan with cooked onion pieces.

Add some water (a little at a time) to help chili mixture through strainer…but not too much!!

Stir S L O W L Y, adding some more oregano, & salt then reduce heat to simmer for 10 mins.

Then VOILA!! The finished product