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Mexican sauce: the original recipe for the spicy sauce

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist


ripe tomatoes
Red pepper
White onion
Fresh spicy chilli
Salt – a pinch
Black pepper powder
as much as it is needed
Wine vinegar
2 tbsps
1 tbsp

The Mexican sauce, also known as ranchera sauce, is a famous spicy sauce made with tomatoes, peppers and of course chilli pepper, very easy to prepare at home. Known throughout the world, accompanied by the ever-present nachos or a delicious tacos with meat and vegetables, Mexican salsa is a real concentrate of flavor! If you love chili peppers, adore the spicy taste and want to prepare a tasty aperitif for your friends, this hot sauce is definitely the one for you! A few ingredients and a few moves and you will have prepared a mouthwatering Mexican sauce: let's see how!


Clean the tomato, cut it in half, remove the excess seeds and cut it into small cubes (1). Wash the red pepper, remove the internal seeds and the white part, then cut it into strips first and then into cubes (2). Finely chop half a white onion, finally chop the chillies (3).

Pour a little oil in a large pan, add the onion and chillies and fry for 2 minutes (4). Add the pepper, the chopped tomato, a tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of vinegar and mix (5). Cook your ingredients for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and a few drops of Tabasco: lower the heat and cook for a further 10 minutes until you get a smooth and thick cream at the right point (6). Turn off the heat, let your sauce cool and serve with crunchy nachos.


Depending on the level of hotness you wish to obtain, if necessary, reduce the amount of chilli.

You can replace half a red pepper with some yellow pepper: your sauce will be sweeter.

Be careful with Tabasco: for its very spicy taste, only a few drops are needed!


The Mexican sauce can be preserved for 5 days in the refrigerator: once it is ready, let it cool and pour it into a previously sterilized glass jar.

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