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la victoria orange sauce recipe

La Victoria Orange Sauce Recipe

La Victoria orange sauce is a traditional Mexican condiment made from fresh Roma tomatoes, yellow onion, guajillo chiles, apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, large cloves of garlic, packed brown sugar, and hot water, which are blended together to form a silky smooth sauce.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: dips, sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 76kcal



  • 1 cup packed with fragrant and fresh cilantro leaves adding a bright and herbaceous note to the recipe.
  • 8 plump and juicy Roma tomatoes bursting with vibrant color and intense tomato flavor.
  • 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar yes, it appears twice, ensuring a robust and well-balanced acidity in the final dish.
  • 8 large cloves of garlic delivering a pungent and aromatic punch that enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • 1 cup of hot water providing the necessary liquid to hydrate the chiles and blend the ingredients smoothly.
  • 2/3 cup of tangy and slightly fruity apple cider vinegar offering a pleasant acidity and tanginess.
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt enhancing the flavors and ensuring a well-seasoned final result.
  • 4 dried guajillo chiles infusing a smoky and mildly spicy essence to the recipe.
  • 2 aromatic yellow onions providing a sweet and slightly pungent taste that adds depth to the dish.


  • First, position a wire rack right on the top level of your oven, about 6 inches from the broiler and preheat the broiler to high.
  • Place onion slices and tomatoes cut side down onto a cookie sheet, then let them roast until slightly charred around the edges – about 10 minutes should do it!
  • Next, grab a pan and sauté garlic in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for a minute or two, flipping occasionally until they just start to toast (but not burn).
  • Transfer the chiles and garlic over to a blender, pour in some water and vinegar, and let it sit for 5 minutes so they soften. Now, purée on high for 10-20 seconds before switching to low speed and pouring the remaining vegetable oil in a slow and steady stream. This will help create the creamy consistency you’re looking for!
  • Throw in the tomatoes, onion, and salt before blending it up one last time on high until smooth.
    And voilà – your delicious chile sauce is ready to serve!


  • For a spicier sauce, add more guajillo chiles or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • For a smokier flavor, try adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the blend.
  • To give the sauce even more depth, add some chopped chipotle peppers to adobo sauce.
  • If you like your sauce a bit sweeter, add an extra tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • For a thicker, creamier sauce, add a few tablespoons of sour cream or Greek yogurt.
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