Ancho Chili Sauce
Good with Chicken or Pork

Servings: Makes 1 1/2 cup


1 dried ancho chile, stemmed, seeded, coarsely torn*
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon (packed) dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Place chile in medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over to cover; let soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain, reserving soaking liquid.

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste; stir 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add wine and softened chile; simmer 2 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons reserved chile soaking liquid, ketchup, and all remaining ingredients. Simmer 3 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Puree sauce in blender, adding more reserved soaking liquid by tablespoonfuls if too thick. Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

* Available at many supermarkets and at specialty foods stores and Latin markets.

Per Tablespoon: 21 Calories; trace Saturated Fat; 1g Fat (57.8% calories from fat); trace Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 13mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

 

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