Guatemalan Chili Sauce


As E. and D. from a village near Uspantan, Guatemala, taught Lindsay Sterling in Freeport, Maine.

Note: My Guatemalan friends spooned this sauce on top of hot, homemade tortillas for a delicious appetizer while we were cooking.
Makes: 4-6 servings
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 whole chili peppers
  • 2 whole tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp white onion in fine slices the shape of half moons
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp chicken bouillion
  • 6-12 handmade tortillas


1. Cover the tomatoes and chili peppers with water in a small pot. Boil for 15 minutes, then strain. Peel the skin off the tomatoes with your hands or a paring knife and blend the tomatoes in a a blender with the boiled chili peppers until the puree is nice and smooth.

2. In a small pot saute the onion in 1 Tbsp oil. Once the onion is soft, add the pureed tomato and chili pepper and chicken bouillon. Simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Spoon onto hot handmade tortillas.