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Basic Chile Sauce for Enchiladas

Enchiladas, or other southwestern and Mexican cuisine, can be made with elegant sauces or with something very basic, like this basic chile sauce. It can be used by itself or it can serve as the base for a grand design.

10 medium dried red chiles such as Anchos
teaspoon cumin
teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
cup water

Preparing the Chiles

Remove seeds and stems from dried chiles.  Place in a pot large enough to hold all of the chiles. Cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes while covered. Drain.

Lay chiles on work surface and use a dull knife to remove any remaining seeds.

Making the Sauce

Place prepared chiles in blender; run at high speed. Add spices. Place back in sauce pan, add oil and water if needed to thin the mixture a bit. Cook 15 minutes over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool.


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