The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe

The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe Ever – Looking for the ultimate ranchero sauce recipe? You found it! Creamy, robust, and a hint spicy. This sauce makes every dish taste better!

The Best Ranchero Sauce Ever - in glass jar

Mexican Dinner Night

This silky sauce adds a perky punch of flavor to any dish!

I guarantee once you make this recipe, you will use it over and over again. It’s a creamy smoky sauce with tons of zest and a little hint of spice.

In fact, I believe this to be absolutely The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe Ever!

Easy Ranchero Sauce Recipe - overhead shot in jar

You could put “The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe” on just about anything, and it would improve it…

Eggs, potatoes, steaks, pork chops, fish, grilled vegetables, risotto or grits, leftover holiday dishes, old shoes.

Anytime I make this easy Ranchera Sauce Recipe my family rants and raves about whatever I spoon it over. They say things like, “This is the best chicken ever!” and “This is the best-roasted asparagus ever!”

Yet in reality… It’s always the sauce that brings out this reaction.

Don’t believe me?

Make a batch to keep in the fridge this week. Warm it up and serve it over your leftover turkey, dressing, or green beans. You won’t believe what a difference it will make.

Ranchera Sauce Recipe in spoon

What is Ranchero Sauce?

Ranchero sauce is a type of cooked salsa made with tomatoes, peppers, smoky chiles, and spices. It can be pureed smooth or left chunky (although we like it smooth) and can be spooned over everything.

Ranchero sauce is similar to red enchilada sauce. However, it is lighter on the chiles, giving it a brighter perkier flavor than enchilada sauce. But don’t let that stop you from using Ranchera over enchiladas!

Heavos Rancheros with homemade sauce

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce (1 can)
  • 12 ounces roasted piquillo peppers or roasted red peppers (1 jar)
  • 4.5 ounces chopped green chiles (1 can)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

How To Make The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe

Instructions…

Place a saute pan/large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil and shallots. Sauté the shallots for 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes.

Drain the piquillo peppers. Add all remaining ingredients to the saute pan, except for the heavy cream. Simmer the ranchero sauce for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Using an immersion blender, puree/blend the sauce mixture until smooth. Then stir in the heavy cream. Salt two keys.

Serve with your favorite Mexican dish and garnish with some cilantro.

puree ranchero sauce with a blender

Get the Complete (Printable) Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe + VIDEO Below. Enjoy!

Jar of homemade Ranchero Sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does This Sauce Last in the Fridge?

You can store this sauce in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!

What Dish Can I Pair With This Recipe?

This sauce would be super tasty with most of your favorite Mexican dishes or Tex Mex dishes. You can use this with taquitos, fajitas, as an enchilada sauce, on burritos, huevos rancheros, or even tacos!

Can I Use Onions instead of Shallots?

Shallots are a type of onion, so yes, you can swap them for sweet onions or red onions. Shallots tend to have a more gentle sweet flavor compared to most onions, so you might want to pare back if making a substitution.

smooth ranchero dip

Check the printable recipe card below for nutritional information including calories, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar percentages.

The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe

The Best Ranchero Sauce Recipe Ever – Looking for the ultimate ranchero sauce recipe? You found it! Creamy, robust, and a hint spicy. This sauce makes every dish taste better!

Servings: 3 cups

  • Place a saute pan over medium heat and add the oil and shallots. Sauté the shallots for 2 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté another 1-2 minutes.

  • Drain the piquillo peppers. Add all remaining ingredients to the saute pan, except for the heavy cream. Simmer the ranchero sauce for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Using an immersion blender, puree the ranchero sauce until smooth. Then stir in the heavy cream. Salt two keys.

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 5g, Dish: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 1333mg, Potassium: 674mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 2355IU, Vitamin C: 85.1mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 5.2mg

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