An easy and delicious guajillo sauce recipe that can be used as a salsa, enchilada sauce, and more! Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
Guajillo chiles are a wonderful chile for still getting a delicious chile flavor without a huge amount of heat, making it a more family-friendly option. This tasty guajillo chile sauce is also known as salsa guajillo, and can be used in a myriad of ways! Enjoy.
❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe
- You get a ridiculous amount of flavor for a small amount of effort.
- Guajillo sauce can be enjoyed straight away or stored in the freezer for when you need a tasty sauce option on hand.
- This sauce isn’t limited to Mexican dishes and has a wide variety of uses.
- Guajillo peppers are milder, making them a great option when feeding a crowd with varied tastes.
- This recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, onion-free, and no-cook!
🌀 What You Will Need To Make This Recipe
🌶️ Ingredients and Substitutes
Dried guajillo chili peppers: Guajillo chiles are chiles with their roots in Mexico, and they sit at around 2,500-5,000 Scoville heat units, making them milder chiles in the world of chiles. They also have both smoky and fruity notes, making them a rather flavorful chile. They are a great chile choice when you have people who both love and less than like spicy food sitting at the same table. If you ever do not have dried guajillo peppers on hand for this recipe, you can use dried pasilla chiles with similar results.
Garlic: Garlic and chiles are best buds, so I highly recommend not leaving out this pivotal ingredient.
Lime juice: I really love the flavor that lime juice contributes to this recipe, but if you do not have any on hand, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar will produce similar results.
Sugar: I like to use coconut sugar, but any granulated sugar will work. If you are on a sugar-free or keto diet, sugar-free sweeteners will work as well.
Salt: I find one teaspoon of sea salt to be the perfect amount for this sauce, but feel free to adjust to suit your own personal tastes and leave it as the last step if you prefer.
Cumin: Cumin is in my top two fave spices, and with good reason—it is a great spice for enhancing nearly anything savory and this guajillo sauce is no exception. It enhances the smoky notes and I do not recommend going without it.
Oregano: If you are aiming for more traditional results, Mexican oregano is best. Having said that if you only have conventional oregano on hand, it will get the job done!
🥣 How to Make Guajillo Sauce
🌮 How to Use Guajillo Sauce
- My top use for this sauce recipe is to make cheese enchiladas with nothing more than corn tortillas, shredded Monterey jack cheese, and this sauce. It is divine and I highly recommend you try it!
- This sauce is also delicious drizzled over tacos as taco sauce for taco night.
- Guajillo sauce makes a great dipping sauce served salsa-style alongside quesadillas, tortilla chips, or even french fries.
- Spice up breakfast and brunch by topping eggs or potatoes with this sauce.
Pour any leftover sauce into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
No. Guajillos chiles have the slightest hint of spice and are generally considered mild and not spicy to most palates.
Guajillos peppers have earthy, smoky, and fruity notes.
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- 5 large dried guajillo chiles stemmed
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 ¼ cup boiling water to cover
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar of choice I like to use coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground oregano
- In a large bowl add the stemmed dried chiles and garlic cloves. Cover with the boiling water, then cover the bowl with a towel and allow the chiles to soak for 20 minutes or until softened.
- Add the chiles, garlic and soaking water to a blender or food processor along with the lime juice, sugar, salt, cumin and oregano.
- Blend until you have a smooth, vibrant red sauce.