Makes 1 1/4 cup
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic
About 3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 to 8 fresh red jalapeño chilies (1 1/2 to 6 1/2 oz. total), stemmed, seeded, deveined, and chopped
In a blender or food processor, whirl tomato sauce, onion, garlic, and lemon juice, adding a few chilies at a time, until smoothly puréed and hot enough to suit your taste.
- per tablespoon