Makes ~4 cups sauce
3 dried whole ancho chile
3 large tomatoes, preferably not overripe and cut in half
1 medium yellow or red onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 heaping tbsp Big Spoon Roasters Espresso Butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tbsp white miso
1 tbsp tamarind paste
2/3 bar extra dark chocolate (85-90%), roughly broken into pieces
salt and pepper to season
olive oil for cooking
- Stem, seed and toast the anchos in a large saute pan on low heat just to soften them. You can then easily remove any remaining seeds. Place the warmed chilis in a high-powered blender or food processor with 1 cup boiled water. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, create the spice mix by adding the cinnamon, allspice, cumin, oregano and chili flake. Roughly combine and set aside.
- In the same pan, blacken the tomato halves in a very light dash of olive oil on medium/medium-high heat until the flesh is blackened. Set them in a bowl to the side. In the pan, saute the onions on medium-low heat in a generous dash of olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper until translucent. Then add the garlic and lightly saute further. Then add the spice mix, combine, and then add one of the blackened tomatoes and use your spoon to gently smash the tomato around a bit. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- To the blender with the anchos, add the miso, tamarind paste, 2 blackened tomato halves, and all of the onion-garlic-spice mixture. Pulse lightly a few times, then add the remaining tomatoes. Blend on medium-low until everything is very well blended. Season with more salt or miso, to taste.
- Wipe or rinse the large pan to remove any chunks of food and return the blended sauce to the pan. Warm on low heat and add the chocolate bar pieces, stir to combine. Let the sauce cook for ~15 minutes to gain depth and thicken.
- Serve on meat, eggs, vegetables, etc. with cilantro.