Dry guajillo peppers sauce

This sauce made with dry guajillo peppers is the base of many Mexican cuisine dishes like enchiladas and chilaquiles. It’s great for marinating all kinds of protein like beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, shrimps, tofu and even jackfruit.

See some of our recipes with dry guajillo peppers sauce:


  • 5 large dry guajillo peppers (remove seeds and veins for a mild flavour)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 small tomatoes, cut in large chunks
  • 2 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a small bowl or sauce pan cover the dry guajillo peppers with water, soak for approximately 15 to 20 minutes until peppers are tender. Drain water and fry the guajillo peppers with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, along with the tomatoes, onion and garlic cloves. Cook until the tomatoes release some of their juice. Let the ingredients char for a few more minutes if you’d like a smokey flavour.

Blend all ingredients**. Return them to the pan and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

If the sauce needs thickening, mix 2 tbsp. of corn starch with 1/4 cup of water at room temperature and add to the sauce; cook for 10 more minutes.

Turn your salsa into a Mole-style sauce for enchiladas!

What extra ingredientes you need?

  • 1/2 piece of Mexican-style chocolate (Abuelita or Ibarra) which contains sugar and cinamon. This will also help cut the heat in case the guajillo peppers are too spicey.
  • a pinch of cumin in powder
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Disolve the cornstarch in water. Add all the ingredients to your sauce. Simmer until the chocolate has disolve completely.

** Be careful! When putting hot ingredients in the blender; remove the lid insert or removable center cap and cover the open cap hole with a clean dish towel or cloth instead. This will allow the release of steam without making any mess.

Author: Aída Guerra

Foodie, Mexican-Canadian with a passion to share my favourite recipies.

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