4.9 from 76 votes
Easy Ranchero Sauce
Easy Ranchero Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A quick and easy recipe for Ranchero sauce — a tomato based sauce infused with sauteed vegetables like jalapenos, onions and fresh garlic.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy ranchero sauce
Servings: 10
Calories: 31 kcal
Author: Kelly Anthony
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a white onion diced
  • 3 jalapenos stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes preferably San Marzanos
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  1. Add the olive oil to a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion and jalapeño and sauté for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute more. 
  2. Carefully pour in the tomatoes and using the back of a wooden spoon, crush the tomatoes. Stir in the salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Reduce the heat to medium and allow to simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. For a smooth sauce, transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender or food processor. Remove the feed tube (to prevent a build-up of steam and pressure), cover with a dish towel and process until smooth. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Makes 2 cups. About 3 tablespoons per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Ranchero Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 463mg20%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 187IU4%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.