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Ranchero Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 6
Author: Anne Freestone


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small serrano pepper, diced, seeds and membranes removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 chiplotle pepper canned in adobo sauce, diced
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotles
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add the serrano, onion, garlic and chopped chipotle and cook until softened.
  • Add tomato sauce, adobo sauce, chili powder and cumin to saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until reduced by about 25%.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.