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24 October, 2018

Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate

Comments : 2 Posted in : Extras on by : Marisol Chancellor

This tomato sauce is the mother of many, many Mexican dishes. Once you learn it the possibilities are endless. You master this sauce, you can make fideo soup, tortilla soup, carne guisada, picadillo, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, rice, caldos, chilaquiles, even pozole. It is so simple, you wouldn’t believe it. The ingredients, roma tomatoes, onio, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin. I have to be honest with you, I add chili powder to mine. Chili powder is something I discovered here in Texas, I didn’t grow up cooking with it, my mom certainly never used it but once I tried it, I was hooked! Chili powder is the dry, pulverized fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper, in addition to some spices like cumin, garlic powder and cayenne pepper are use to season many dishes on this side of the Rio Grande. It gives this sauce a warm, sweet flavor. My mom gets a bottle of chili powder every time she comes to visit. That says it all.  Here’s my recipe for you.                       

Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate

Category: Extras

Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate


  • 4 ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  1. In a sauce pan, cover the tomatoes with water and let it boil for about 10min.
  2. Once the tomatoes are ready, blend them with the onion, garlic and spices.
  3. Add oil to a sauce pan and heat it up. Add the sauce and simmer on low for about 10min.


2 thoughts on : Basic tomato sauce/ Salsa básica de tomate

  • Brittany C
    March 13, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Do you blend the water that the tomatoes were boiled in as well? Or do you drain out the water first?

    • Marisol Chancellor
      March 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Hi, Brittany. I normally don’t use the water I boiled the tomatoes in unless I need a thinner sauce. What are you making?

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