Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 2 tbsp.)

Charring the veggies brings great complexity to this simple sauce. You can also blacken them in a dry cast-iron skillet set over high heat, turning occasionally. The tomato skins will be easy to remove once they've charred.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place tomatoes, onion, and garlic on a broiler pan; broil for 8 minutes or until mostly blackened, turning occasionally. Peel tomatoes; discard peels. Place tomatoes in a blender. Add onion mixture, including juices, to blender. Add chipotle, salt, and sugar; cover with blender lid, and let mixture stand 5 minutes. Process until very smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides.

Step 2

Heat oil in a medium skillet or saucepan over medium; carefully add the tomato sauce (sauce will splatter). Cook 5 minutes or until salsa thickens, stirring occasionally. Cool and serve.