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Enchiladas Potosi Style or Enchiladas Potosinas

Mexican Chile Paste

Homemade Mexican Chile Paste is a basic recipe 101 for making a paste from dried chiles to be use in a variety of Mexican dishes: moles, enchiladas potosinas, etc.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 600 g
Author Valerie Lugonja


Ingredients for Chili Paste:

  • 600 g dried peppers: Ancho , Pasilla, Guajillo
  • 400 g water , simmering

Ingredients for Enchilada Potosinas Chili Paste:

  • 100 g chili paste , above
  • 15 g garlic , peeled
  • 5 g salt
  • 15 g lard


  1. Stem, devein and seed the chiles; place inside surface down in hot skillet or comal, using spatula to press lightly until there is a change in colour (this takes about 30 second a side, or one minute; be careful not to burn them)
  2. Soak in simmering water for 25 minutes; cover with a plate, if necessary to submerge peppers
  3. Remove from water; puree peppers
  4. Reserve soaking water; package in freezer bags, label and date (for enchiladas potosinas etc)
  5. Measure into 100g bags; label and freeze for future use

For Enchiladas Potosina Chili Paste:

  1. Puree Garlic and salt with chile paste
  2. Melt lard on small skillet, saute chile puree for 3-4 minutes
  3. Preserve in tightly sealed jar until needed

Recipe Notes

If making this paste for Enchiladas potosinos, use 2 1/2 cups water for the soaking liquid, use only guajillo peppers, grind them into the paste with only 1/2 cups of the soaking liquid (push through a tami if you want the paste to be superfine) then add the remainder of the soaking liquid to the paste and combine with 500g of corn mesa for the dough. The addition of the onions and garlic is not traditional, but tastes good!