My latest Mexican chilli sauce…

I was recently sent a lovely parcel from my great friend at Spice Kitchen UK

A great selection of Mexican chillies, chilli powders, and in that gorgeous little box, Persian saffron…how lucky am I??? The first thing I wanted to do was play with the dried chillies and make a great a new sauce for mine and my boys delectation..

I’ve read enough recipes and made enough similar sauces in the past not to need a recipe, but I did make a note of what I did in order to be able to share all began with roasting lots of lovely vegetables, and soaking chillies..


4 large long red peppers, cut in half length ways and stalks & seeds removed 

5 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into quarters

3 medium red onions, peeled and cut into quarters

4 cloves garlic, in their skins

2 ancho chillies

2 guajillo chillies

2 chipotle meco chillies 

4 chipotle morita chillies 

1-2 tbsp tomato puree

1-2 tbsp runny honey 

2 tsp roasted ground cumin

2 tsp dried oregano

2 tsp cocoa powder (or more if you choose) 

Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to taste 

Salt to taste

Please note: my versions of teaspoonfuls or tablespoonfuls are usually of the heaped variety, I tend to be quite generous with portions and measurements! I would suggest that you need to play around with the measurements, and therefore the ensuing flavours for yourself, start with my basic suggestions and add more if necessary for your tastes. 


Preheat the oven to 150C 

Spread the vegetables in single layers across a couple of oven trays and drizzle with oil of your choice

Slow roast the vegetables for an hour or until the peppers are all wrinkly and starting to chat, don’t let them burn, then remove the pans from the oven and let the vegetables cool, and remove the skins form the garlic cloves 

In the same oven, spread the dried chillies in a single layer in an oven tray and lightly toast, just until they start to release an aroma, it doesn’t take very long at all. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn easily

Allow the chillies to cool until you can handle them, then, wearing gloves, remove stalks, seeds and veins

Break up the skins and put them into a bowl with bowling water and leave for 1-2 hours until soft

The photo above shows the bits you remove from the chillies, and below, what you’re left with..

Scrape all of the roasted vegetables & juices & oil from the pan/s into a blender and, add the softened chillies and a little bit of the soaking water, and blend everything into a thick sauce; I did mine in two parts as my blender pots wasn’t big enough for it all at once 

Add the blended sauce to a pan over a medium heat, with some additional oil of your choice 

Add the roasted cumin and dried oregano and cook it through, mixing all the elements together 

Add tomato puree and honey and stir through 

Add cocoa powder and cook it through for a minute or two, then add either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to taste, I used about 3 tbsp of lemon juice, I feel it lifts the flavour without adding a sharpness 

Add salt if you feel it needs it 

Cook the sauce down to a consistency you like, alternatively, you may even need to add some water to thin it, again, it’s all down to choice

Store in a clean jar. I have found that chilli sauces store well for a few weeks in the fridge. However, to be safe, you could add a thin layer of olive oil over the top of the sauce to preserve it, although the honey and/or salt should also assist in preserving the sauce. 

The addition of the cocoa powder is quite typical in Mexican dishes, and it was the first time I’ve added it to anything I’ve made; it adds a real richness to the sauce, you don’t really taste it as chocolatey, but you can smell the cocoa when you open the jar, which all adds to its loveliness. 

I’ve had this in my fridge for a couple of weeks now, and the flavour keeps developing and just getting better. 

I’ve eaten this sauce in various ways, and am pleased to say that it’s had a thumbs up from my boys and friends of ours πŸ™‚ 

This was my lunch one day this week..spiced spinach flatbread base, topped with my chilli sauce & cheese, enjoyed with a lovely fresh salsa of chopped parsley, coriander, dill, garlic, Verjus, olive oil & lots of spices…yum!!!!!! 

I am sharing my sauce with the lovely visitors to this week’s Fiesta Friday, co hosted by the lovely Laura and Su, I hope everyone likes it – have a great weekend x 

67 thoughts on “My latest Mexican chilli sauce…

  1. sallybr

    Looks spectacular! I’ve never ventured in this type of concoction, although it seems like a perfect project for a nice, quiet weekend… Fantastic gift you got, and Persian saffron, that is in itself a complete jackpot! πŸ˜‰

    Loved the packages with the labels, everything so neat!

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      I am very lucky! πŸ™‚
      I love making these kinds of sauces, any sauces and dips really, I have to stop making too many sometimes, I need to allow time for them to be eaten!! I like a fridge full of homemade options πŸ™‚

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      1. sallybr

        But they freeze well too, right? I imagine your freezer to be like a fantastic source of goodies that you can use all the time… my problem is remembering what I have in the freezer and labeling well. I am getting better at it, but there are times in which I stare at a package, shaking my head in disbelief….

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  2. Aruna

    The dip looks so fiery and so inviting. Let me see if I find these chillies here in India.

    I need to move somewhere closer to you….. We are such kindred spirits when it comes to these chutneys and dips. πŸ™‚

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      We are indeed!! I could make them all day every day!!
      I’m sure you could play around with what ever chillies you could find, maybe just bring in some smokiness in some way..?


    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      It does – I was a bit concerned because I’m not a fan of chocolate or sweet things, but with cocoa powder not being either in its own right, it added just that perfect bit of something extra πŸ™‚
      Thank you xx

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  3. Debra

    This is delicious, just off the page and reading it! I am always a little intimidated working with peppers, so I really enjoyed the thorough discussion and the excellent photos. It’s a great tutorial. I can’t wait to make this myself!

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  4. Nancy

    Wow… I see your mention of working on a Mexican chili sauce led to success! This looks outstanding, Elaine… with the ingredients/flavors in this sauce, it MUST taste amazing!

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  5. michelleoblogoff

    Elaine this looks amazing! I’m growing 7 varieties of peppers in my garden this year and I will adapt them for this recipe! Love it!
    Thank you!

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  6. petra08

    The packet of chillies was such a treat, I can see how it makes you excited! I love the result the sauce looks and sounds absolutely delicious! πŸ™‚ x

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