Homemade Ranchero Sauce

This Homemade Ranchero Sauce is simply delicious!  I love to top bean burritos with it then add some cheese and diced roasted poblano then put it in the broiler to crisp up the cheese!  It’s meant to be served as a warm salsa for any of your Mexican dishes.


  You can probably tell by now that I love Mexican food!  Growing up in Santa Monica my friends and I was always eating Mexican food. Mostly because it was cheap, you could get a bean and cheese burritos for a couple of dollars.  The funny thing is we ate at places like Campos or Ponchos which I think are horrible now, sorry if you still like it.  I tried it a few years ago when I came back to L.A. and I was horrified at how bad it was!  I guess my taste buds have changed



Approx. 4 Cups

  • 3 Large Tomatoes – blanched
  • 1 Poblano Pepper – roasted
  • 1/2 White Onion – diced
  •  2 Jalapeno Peppers – stem and seeds removed
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Vegetable Bullion Cube – unsalted
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Ancho Powder or made from 4 -5 Dried Ancho peppers
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water or desired thickness

Core the tomatoes and add to a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.  When skin begins to crack remove them and the onion with tongs. ( approx. 1 – 2 minutes)  Let cool and remove the skins.


Roast the poblanos on the stovetop at medium high heat.  A gas stove works the best but it will work fine on an electric stove. Char the peppers on all sides turning with a pair of tongs.  When good and charred, steam them for 10 minutes in a covered dish or a paper bag rolled shut to hold in the steam.

Take a paper towel and rub off the char.  It’s ok to leave a little of the char.  Slice in half and remove the seeds and stems.


Dice the onions and mince the garlic then add to a saute pan with the oil and saute on med low heat until onions are soft.

While onions are cooking remove stem and seeds from the dried ancho peppers and grind in a coffee grinder until it becomes a fine powder.

Put the tomatoes, poblano. jalapeno, onions, garlic and bouillon cube in a food processor, then puree and pour back into the sauté pan.

Add the water and spices then cook for about 1/2 hour.

Health Benefits:

Tomatoes are great for the heart due to the extreme antioxidant support, niacin, folate and vitamin B6 that help the reduction of heart disease.  They are also high in vitamins A, C, K and potassium.  The choline in tomatoes helps assist the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.  It also helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.  Tomatoes are high in Lycopene the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their red color.  Cooking tomatoes breaks down the cell walls, which helps to release the lycopene and is better absorbed by the body with a little bit of fat like olive oil.  The Zea-xanthin in them helps filtering harmful ultra-violet rays, which protect eyes from “age-related macular disease.”  They are also a powerful blood purifier and great for skin and bone health.

Poblano Peppers are extremely high in vitamin C; just one pepper has 95% of your daily value.  They are great for your immune system and help to reduce inflammation like in arthritis and asthma. They contain lycopene a powerful antioxidant, giving many fruits and vegetables their color, especially tomatoes, which is great for the prevention of cancers in the bladder, prostate, cervix and pancreas. They are also helpful with increasing oxygen so the body can burn more calories 20 minutes after eating peppers.

Jalapeno are a rich source of vitamin C, 1 pepper provides 18 % of the daily value for men and 23 % for women. They also have a good amount of vitamin A, which helps skin and eye health.  Jalapenos contain phenols, flavonoids and capsaicinoids that help the body fight free radicals, inflammation and promote weight loss.  The bioflavinoids are powerful antioxidants and help strengthen blood vessels. They also fight nasal congestion by stimulating secretions that help clear mucus from the nose.  They contain more vitamin B6 aiding the immune system, E that protect the cells and K, which increases bone mass, than any other pepper.

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