Red Tomato Sauce

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This is an easy, quick sauce.  A few minutes and you are done.  This flavorful sauce has a great balance of sweetness, spice and just a hint of heat.  It is not meant to be spicy but if the heart desires the heat index can be revved up with just a few more peppers or something spicier, like serranos or even habaneros.  Pour it on enchiladas, tamales, eggs.  You name it it works.

WHAT YOU NEED:

-4-5 tomatoes;
– ½ onion, sliced;
-3-5 cloves of garlic, chopped;
– ½ -2 cups of vegetable stock;
– ½ -1 jalapeño (½ for mild, 1 whole one for medium);
– ½ teaspoon of cumin;
– ½ teaspoon of oregano, crushed;
– ½ teaspoon of sugar;
-salt;
– pepper;
-oil

WHAT YOU DO:

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until translucent.  Add tomatoes and jalapeños and continue to cook until tomatoes are soft.

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Add garlic and sauté until fragrant.  Add vegetable stock and spices and take off heat.

with stock

Let cool for about 10 minutes.  Using a blender or food processor, blend until desired chunkiness/smoothness. Strain if desired.

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