Disclaimer: Melissa’s Produce supplied the Dried Hatch Chiles, Dried Tomatoes, Hatch Chile Powder for the recipe in this post. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions expressed are my own.
I am excited to share this homemade, do-it-yourself, create-your-own-pantry-of-goodness, can’t-get-enough, won’t-buy-store-bought-any-more, putting-it-on-everything, DIY Spicy Hatch Chile Taco Sauce. Whew! That was too long for a blog title, so I went with: DIY Hatch Chile Taco Sauce. A simple title for a complex and delicious condiment!
Just like all good things, this sauce takes a little time to make. The results are worth it though! I started by re-hydrating some Melissa’s Dried Tomatoes, as well as some Dried Hatch Chiles.
After the tomatoes and chiles are plump and happy, add the drained chiles, along with some vinegar and spices, including Melissa’s Dried Hatch Chile Powder, into the food processor. After a few pulses, the tomatoes and all their delicious soaking water get added to the food processor too.
Leave the food processor running for about two minutes, scraping down the bowl every 30 seconds or so. You’re looking to create a relatively smooth, but somewhat thick sauce. Once your sauce is thoroughly combined, pour it all into a medium sauce pan. Whisk in a cup to a cup and a half of water and bring the sauce to a simmer.
Gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Let the sauce cool completely before putting it in the refrigerator. It will keep up to five days in a sealed container. The flavors develop as the sauce sits. I happen to think it’s better the second day!
Guess what? This is also a completely customizable recipe! If you like your sauce hotter, add more chiles to the mix. If you like your taco sauce on the milder side, then use less chiles. Three chiles happens to be a great balance for my family. It has enough heat to satisfy the chile-heads in the house and it’s not so spicy for those of us who prefer things with a bit less burn on the tongue.
The first batch I made was just about three cups worth and my boys devoured it in less than two days. Of course, they love anything spicy and saucy, so your mileage may vary on how long it lasts. I really enjoy being able to have this sauce on hand in my refrigetator though. We’ve used it on taco salad, quesadillas and nachos but I have a feeling that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I heard rumors about making french fries and using this sauce instead of ketchup! Whatever you use it for, I hope you enjoy it!