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Ancho Chile Sauce - 5 Cups

A traditional smoky-spicy sauce is delicious over most Mexican dishes, especially enchiladas."


9 dried ancho chiles
2 large shallots, cut into ½-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves
1 jalapeño, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 medium to large carrot, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ cup white wine
3½ cups chicken broth, low sodium, hot
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
4½ tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Reconstitute chiles: put them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them so they are completely submerged. Cover bowl with foil or an inverted plate. Allow the chiles to sit until they soften, about 30 to 45 minutes. Once soft, carefully remove all seeds and stems; reserve. While chiles are soaking, insert the chopping blade in the food processor; fit onto motor base. Put the shallots, garlic, jalapeño and carrot into the work bowl; pulse on High 3 to 4 times to chop. Reserve. Put the olive oil into a large sauté pan and set over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add the chopped vegetables and a pinch or two of salt. Stir and sauté until softened and lightly golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in reserved chiles; heat through for about 1 minute. Stir in white wine. Scrape any bits that are clinging to the bottom of the pan. Allow wine to reduce until almost completely evaporated. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to allow mixture to simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Carefully transfer mixture from the sauté pan to the jar of the blender. Pulse 3 times on High, then run on High for 1 minute, or until completely smooth.

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Makes about 5 cups

Nutritional Information
Per Serving

Nutritional information per serving (2 tablespoons): Calories 26 (13% from fat) • carb. 4g • pro. 1g • fat 0g • sat. fat 0g • chol. 0mg • sod. 162mg • calc. 6mg • fiber 0g

This recipe can be prepared using the following Cuisinart® products:
SmartPower Deluxe Duet™ Blender/Food Processor

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