Red Chili Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

Red chili sauces are made from mature pods that are dried and turned into pulp, coarse flakes, or fine powder. In New Mexico such sauces are based on red chili pulp rather than on tomatoes, as in Texas. Spices vary widely but usually center on the southwestern trio of cumin, oregano, and fresh coriander (cilantro). This sauce is a particularly rich and spicy one, sometimes called “chili Caribe,” which adds to the spices of the West Indies the cinnamon and clove of East India. The combinatio