Craving Mexican food? I must be. I am on a make-your-own-from-scratch burrito and taco trip. Today, it’s all about homemade Picante Sauce – gluten-free.
This gluten-free homemade Picante sauce recipe is so easy and quick to make, there will never be a void in my kitchen again! How does 15 minutes sound? Real good.
So much of what we buy off the shelf is filled with chemicals, preservatives, gluten, or is saturated in salt. I want to feed my family better. I crave healthy foods.
Needing to have a gluten-free kitchen, I have begun looking at what I need to start making all my own foods/seasonings from scratch. Mexican food is top on my list. Why? Because generally speaking, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, Mexican seasoning for rib rubs, etc. are healthy, fabulous tasting yummies.
But finding those delicious foods chemical and gluten-free is not easy.
So, I make them from scratch.
Here is a link to my taco/Mexicans seasoning recipe. It is sooo good. Filled with flavor without being hot and spicy. If you like your tongue to burn . . . no problem, just add more of the spicy ingredients.
I also don’t drown my foods in salt, and I use a healthy salt that has had its minerals retained, like Real Salt or Himalayan Salt. My body processes these types much easier.
Homemade Picante sauce is almost as easy as my Mexican seasoning.
- Take out your blender. You can use any type – Vita-Mix etc.
- Use organic seasonings if you can, as well as organic canned tomatoes.
- You can substitute fresh for dried.
- If using fresh tomatoes, puree with skins on only if your blender can dissolve the skins. Otherwise, I recommend peeling the tomatoes first or sticking with canned. Use all the juices of the tomato.
- Allow up to 2 hours or more for the flavors to diffuse into the sauce. It is still very good, though, even if you need to make it and eat it. I have trouble with the waiting part!
Homemade Picante Sauce - Gluten-Free
- 20 oz can of organic tomatoes any size around that will do
- 1 clove garlic - minced or 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup dried cilantro
- 1/4 cup dried chives optional but good
- 1/2 tsp ground red pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to taste - optional
- 1/3 tsp cumin
- 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice plus 1 teaspoon extra
- 3/4 tsp healthy salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp avocado oil any healthy oil will do
- Using your blender - add tomatoes followed by all the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend, starting on low, and increase speed up to high for 1 - 2 minutes.
- You are done! I store mine in a mason jar. Keeps well for one week. Put it on everything . . . except maybe ice cream. Makes an awesome dip! Simply add 1/3 cup to 1 cup of sour cream or yogurt!