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Home Made Chile Sauce Recipe

April 1, 2017

Home made chili sauce sounds intimidating to make,  but MJ of MJs Kitchen has the best, easiest and tastiest method using chili powder found in your spice cabinet.

Makes about 1 ½ cups
Prep and cook time: less than 30 minutes

Recipe Author:  MJ of MJ’s Kitchen


1 Tbsp. fat (Canola or vegetable oil, bacon drippings, or butter)
2 Tbsp. flour
¼ cup red chile powder (your choice- mild chili powder, or hot chili powder)
2 cups water or broth (chicken or vegetable)
¼ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. cumin powder
¼ tsp. crushed dried Mexican oregano
¼ tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vinegar
¼ tsp. sugar (optional)


  1. Heat the fat in the sauce pan over a medium low heat. Once hot add the flour and stir to combine.  Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. (This is your roux.)
  2. Add the red chile powder and stir for no more than 30 seconds. The mixture will be quite clumpy. (Don’t go past 30 seconds because chile powder can burn easily if the pan is too hot or you cook it too long without liquid.)
  3. Slowly add the liquid, whisking to break up the clumps. Keep whisking until you have a smooth sauce.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the sugar).
  5. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens.
  6. Taste. Adjust seasoning to your tastes.  If the sauce is a bit bitter, add the sugar.

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