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Guajillo Sauce in a bowl with a spoon inside.
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Guajillo Sauce

Guajillo Sauce is the start to many amazing and authentic Mexican food recipes. It makes everything great on your plate. You will love how easy this is to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 35kcal


  • Blender
  • Stock pot
  • Kitchen scissors


  • 10-12 guajillo peppers
  • 6 cups water divided
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 tspn cumin
  • 1 tspn salt (or to taste)


  • With a damp paper towel, wipe off any dust on the peppers.
  • Remove the stems, seeds, and veins of the guajillo peppers
  • Add 4 cups water and the cleaned peppers to a stock pot.
  • Put the lid on, and bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat off, leaving the peppers inside.
  • Wait for 5 minutes, or until the chiles are pliable.
  • Discard the water.
  • Rinse the pot and set aside until ready to use.
  • To a blender, add the rehydrated peppers, garlic, onion, cumin, and salt.
  • Add 2 cups water to the blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Strain the sauce.
  • Return the sauce to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Taste for salt.


For a thicker sauce, use less water in the blender. 
For a less spicy sauce, add 1 tomato to the blender. 


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2320IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.9mg