Amazing Ranchero Sauce

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This Amazing Ranchero Sauce recipe is just that…amazing. Smokey, with a bit of a kick, this ranchero sauce is the real deal.

And you will be amazed at how easy it is to make the super flavorful sauce!  

This incredible sauce has as much flavor as it does generations and generations of history!

Ranchero-Sauce recipe

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this amazing Ranchero Sauce and how we use it to make Heavenly Huevos Rancheros!

The ingredients in this sauce are bold and just delicious.

We love making ranchero sauce from scratch.

And it’s so easy!

Ranchero sauce recipe

And the best part of this sauce, we think, is the chipotle pepper and its incredibly smoky adobo sauce.

If you like it really hot, go with two chipotle peppers.  If you want to reduce the heat, try and scrape out the seeds.

But you gotta use the sauce.  It’s so good!

Ranchero sauce recipe

We LOVE to add this to our favorite dishes, especially brunch dishes, anywhere from huevos rancheros, to migas, to hash browns, to even the perfect topping for your favorite burger.  

huevos-rancheros recipe

We make a pretty killer Restaurant-Quality Salsa, too! (click the link for the full recipe).


Now, go forth and make some Amazing Ranchero Sauce!

A jar of ranchero sauce with a silver spoon

Amazing Ranchero Sauce

This amazing ranchero sauce is perfect for huevos rancheros, or migas, or anything that needs a killer good sauce. This is smokey with a bit of a kick...incredibly good!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Ranchero Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 24kcal


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 chipotle pepper canned in adobo sauce, diced
  • 1/2 tsp of the chipotle adobo sauce optional...this will add a little more heat.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the onion, jalapeno, and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juice, the tomato sauce, chili powder, and chipotle pepper and sauce, and puree.
  • Return to the saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced to about 2 cups, about 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let cool, then store in airtight container, until ready to use.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Hi! I was just wondering if the calories listed are the calories for the whole batch or per serving. I would think because it’s so high it would be the whole batch but I just want to make sure. I’ve been trying to find a healthy ranchero sauce and I love this recipe.

    • Hi Michelle! We are so glad you asked! We have a new nutrition application that much more accurately assigns nutritional value to our recipes. You are correct the calories for this ranchero sauce was way too high. We’ve re-calculated and they came down quite a bit. You can see the full list of nutritional values at the bottom of the recipe card. Let us know if you don’t see them or have any other questions. And let us know if you make it and what you think. We think you’ll love it!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • We loved the ranchero sauce! I hope I can find enough ways to use it up. Can it be frozen?

    • Hi Catherine! So sorry for the delayed response! Absolutely! Our ranchero sauce freezes beautifully. It’s awesome on eggs of all kinds, burgers, grilled chicken, and…the sky’s the limit! Stay in touch!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Omg I’m in love with this recipe. It’s a little spicy on its own but perfect when on top of eggs. Today in a pinch I used diced tomatoes with green chiles… yum! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Amanada! Yay!!!! So glad you liked this recipe! It’s so fresh and yummy, right? And diced tomatoes and green chili’s sound wonderful! Thank you for letting us know! We so appreciate that! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!

    First time I made it following the recipe, however it was still a bit too spicy for our youngest (my eldest l-o-v-e-s heat). Subsequently I’ve made it *without* the chopped chipotle but *with* the adobo sauce (we find the adobo sauce adds warmth but not a spicy heat). Oh! And we double the recipe because it is sooo tasty that we end up putting it on just about anything which will stay still long enough … ha! We’re pretty strict vegan / vegetarian, so don’t worry — our pets are all safe.

    Thank you for crafting + sharing this recipe with us.

    • That sounds amazing!! And the adjustments you made are perfect. We are so thrilled you and your family enjoyed this ranchero sauce recipe, we love it, too! (It’s so good on so many yummy things to eat!). And thank you so much for letting us know, we truly appreciate it! Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Made this yesterday with a couple of minor changes. Still fabulous! I live in Costa Rica. Some ingredients are difficult to get. Chili powder is one. Had to leave that out but still. Had to use dried (and reconstituted) chipotle pepper. They don’t grow them here. But I did find a can of chipotle in adobo! Yay! So minor changes only but still amazing. Used part of the first batch to make Huevos Rancheros. So delicious! So, thanks guys. Really appreciate the work! Makes my life easier.

    • Hi Nel!! Sounds like you handled things perfectly!! So glad you enjoyed the recipe and there isn’t anything much yummier than homemade Huevos Rancheros, right? Yay!! Thank you so much for letting us know, that means the world to us!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I made this sauce this weekend, it was so delicious I ate half of it with a spoon. Thank you for this recipe, I am making it again tonight. I couldn’t go a week without it 🙂

    • Thank you thank you thank you!!! We love that Ranchero sauce, too!!! So thrilled that you liked it and thank you SO MUCH for letting us know!! Means the world to us!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Delicious! I didn’t have canned chipotle so I used chipotle powder. I served it with tamales and it was most tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I will definitely use it again

  • 5 stars
    Made this a few times now and it is the business. Make it the night prior and huevos rancheros are easy the next morning.

    • Thanks, Joanne! Huevos Rancheros is my favorite dish to put this sauce on. I just added my version of Huevos Rancheros to the site. Let me know how the sauce turns out!

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