Chili-Tomato Sauce

Tam D


Ever wonder what kind of dressing goes on Taco Salad? I did -- until I found this recipe! It's a fantastic, deep, rich, red, full-flavored, all-around tomato sauce, perfect for any Mexican dish. Make a double batch, and keep some on hand :)


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes about 3 cups
20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped fine
  • 28 oz
    tomato sauce or puree
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried, ground oregano
  • 1 tsp

How to Make Chili-Tomato Sauce


  1. Cook onion in olive oil in a heavy 3 qt. saucepan, over medium heat, just until golden yellow (not brown).
  2. Add chili powder, garlic, and oregano, stirring a few moments. Then add tomato sauce and salt.
  3. Cover and simmer over low heat 30-60 minutes, stirring frequently.
    If you want a smooth sauce you can put it through a strainer, or use a hand blender, but we never have -- we love it just the way it is.
  4. NOTE: Choose tomato sauce for a thinner sauce, almost like spaghetti sauce, and tomato puree for a thicker sauce.
    If you don't have ground oregano, please whisk your dried oregano leaves in a spice grinder. You could use the leaves, but it's a less favorable result.
    30 minutes is long enough, but I like to let it simmer about an hour.

Printable Recipe Card

About Chili-Tomato Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Salads Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

14 Summer Squash Recipes

14 Summer Squash Recipes

Summer produce is our favorite, especially summer squash! With so many delicious ways to prepare summer squash, it’s a healthy go-to ingredient during these warmer months. Yellow with a fat bottom that gets skinnier towards the neck, it’s very easy to differentiate summer squash from zucchini. No matter how you cut, cook or top it, […]

30 Blueberry Recipes To Make This Summer

30 Blueberry Recipes To Make This Summer

Muffins and bread and pie, oh my! We absolutely love blueberry season. Every bite of these blueberry recipes is bursting with flavor and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. From lemon blueberry bread to basil blueberry muffins to blueberry cream cheese french toast, your taste buds will be begging you to make these blueberry recipes ASAP!

20 Portobello Mushroom Recipes

20 Portobello Mushroom Recipes

The portobello mushroom is one of the most popular varieties of mushrooms in the world. Known as natural cancer-fighters and providing numerous health benefits, so portobellos are a tasty addition to your diet. Whether you are going low-carb, want to partake in Meatless Monday, or are on a plant-based diet, portobellos will become a staple […]