Mexican Adobo Sauce
quarts water, plus 1 cup separate
serrano chili peppers, stems removed
white onion, peeled and sliced into quarters
garlic cloves, leave skins on
ancho chili pepper, stems and seeds removed
guajillo or California chili peppers, stems and seeds removed
tablespoons white vinegar
tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
teaspoons granulated garlic
teaspoons salt, more to taste
Pour the 4 quarts of water in a large pot and heat to medium/low heat on back burner.
Line a large skillet with foil paper and preheat to medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, serrano peppers, onion and garlic cloves. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning as needed, until you get some nice browning. Remove from heat and let cool.
While the tomato mixture is cooking, on the other side preheat a large griddle pan to medium heat for 3 minutes. Add chile ancho, guajillo or California, and japones peppers to the hot griddle. Toast the peppers for no more the 3 to 4 minutes, turning often, or they will burn and become bitter. Remove from heat and transfer to pot with hot water. Turn the heat slightly to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. Drain the water and transfer the peppers to the blender. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Remove the skins from the garlic and add them to the blender. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the blender, including the 1 cup of reserved water. Blend on the highest speed until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water. Taste for salt. Let the adobo sauce cool completely before storing. It will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks to 4 months in the freezer.
- When making chile-based sauces, you could strain them through a fine wire mesh strainer to create a smoother and silkier finish.
More About This Recipe
- One of my family’s absolute favorite dishes that my mom would prepare was pork chile colorado. It was prepared with homemade Mexican adobo sauce and seared pork that would slow cook for hours. The dried chile ancho, guajillos and japones really give this Mexican adobo sauce those traditional flavors that I grew up with.This adobo sauce can be used in a variety of authentic Mexican recipes. You can use it as is for marinating your favorite meats or seafood. Add a little broth to the adobo and it becomes an enchilada sauce or a great braising liquid for seared beef or pork dishes.