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New Mexico Style Red Chile

The flavor of New Mexico, a traditional chile sauce.

Let green chiles ripen to deep red color and roast in the oven on high heat until charred skins. Cover and let rest. The steam will continue to soften the skins so that they will peel off much easier.

New Mexico Style Red Chile | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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The flavor of New Mexico, a traditional chile sauce.

This is a red chile sauce (otherwise known as chile itself) and is different from chili, as in chili beans, which is typically prepared with the addition of tomatoes and such.

It goes well over New Mexico Style Chile Rellenos, be sure to check out my recipe. It’s great in enchilada, over tacos/taco salad, over breakfast eggs, beans, sopaipillas, with tortillas, or even on its own, especially if you fry a little bit of pork cubes to go in it.




  • 1 cup diced pork (optional)
  • Drizzle vegetable oil, if not using pork fat
  • 2-4 tablespoons flour
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 12 dried New Mexico red chile pods, soaked in water overnight, drain, reserving water, then blend in blender until a smooth consistency (use some remaining reserved water to achieve a smooth texture)
  • Salt to taste
  • Dried oregano (optional)


  1. Cook pork over medium heat, drain, and set aside.
  2. Heat a couple teaspoons of pork fat or drizzle oil and stir in garlic
  3. Add flour, constantly stirring until a roux is formed, may add reserved chile water if needed
  4. Add blended red chile, may continue to add reserved water and cook down to desired consistently.
  5. Heat thoroughly and add diced pork.


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