Whoa baby. Who needs a little spice in their life? This Mexican Chile Relleno sauce will do just the trick. The spices combined with the jalapeno flavor will really kick those taste buds into gear.
We do not get nearly enough whole grains in our diets typically, so we could really use some wherever we can get it. Adding whole wheat flour to this sauce helps us get those important nutrients from whole grains that we really need for our cells to function properly. The whole wheat option can help increase your iron intake as well as a great source of fiber and B vitamins, while adding a healthy dose of fiber.
To prepare this recipe, you will need to start by heating up olive oil in a saucepan for a few seconds and then tossing in your onions, garlic, jalapeno, and pepper for about five minutes over medium heat. Slowly add in the flour and mix into the sauteed veggies. This will begin to form a pasty-grainy mixture. Cook this up for another two minutes. Transfer everything from the pan into a blender and add in fresh tomato as well. Blend everything together until it is a nice thick paste consistency. In a pot over medium heat, add the contents of the blender and mix in three cups of water. Cook this all together for 15-20 minutes. For the last five minutes of cooking, add in oregano and cilantro. Throw in a dash of salt and you’ve got yourself some authentic cuisine right there.
Put this together with some beans, rice, and sauteed veggies for a full, well-balanced meal. You can make the sauce ahead of time and store in a glass container, such as a mason jar, for up to one week. Have you ever made your own Chile Relleno Sauce before? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
- 1.5 cups of tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, medium, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, whole
- 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 jalapeño, chopped and de-seeded
- 3 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt (in moderation) to taste
- In a sauté pan, heat up the olive oil for a few seconds, and add in onions, garlic, and jalapeño pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes under medium flame.
- Slowly add in flour and mix into the sautéed ingredients. A pasty-grainy mixture should form. Cook for another 2 minutes.
- Transfer everything from the pan into a blender, and add in fresh tomatoes into the blender as well.
- Blend everything until you get a consistent thick paste.
- In a pot on low-medium flame, add in the contents of the blender and add in 3 cups of water. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Towards the last 5 minutes of cooking, add in oregano and fresh cilantro.
- Finish by sprinkling some salt. Enjoy!
- ** Store in tight glass containers for up to 1 week.