• 4 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a large pot over high heat and toast guajillo, ancho chiles, onion and garlic.
  2. Cook, turning occasionally, until chiles are puffy and onion and garlic are charred.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and bring mixture to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until onions and chiles are soft, about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly before blending on high until smooth.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.