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This smoky and rich sauce takes just about ten minutes to make, and adds unbeatable deep flavor to just about any savory dish. Try serving it over roast pork or grilled chicken or using it as enchilada sauce. We might try adding it to the slow cooker with a hefty pork butt for incredible pulled pork sandwiches. The recipe starts off in a skillet: you cook sliced onion, drained plum tomatoes, unsweetened cocoa, and chipotle chile powder until tender. Then it moves to the blender for a quick puree. You can make it a few days ahead of time and store it covered in the refrigerator.

Emily Nabors Hall


Credit: Grace Elkus

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15 mins
15 mins
8 (serving size: ⅓ cup)


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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onion, and cook, stirring often, until onions soften and begin to brown, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, cocoa, salt, and chile powder, and cook, stirring to break tomatoes apart, until mixture comes to a simmer, about 4 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid; secure lid on blender, and place a clean towel over opening in lid. Process until smooth. Serve over roasted pork or grilled chicken.