Red Chile - Classic


        1.  Dried Red chile pods - to fill blender
        2.  Water - to fill blender (approx 4 to 6 cups)
        3.  Garlic - 3 to 4 cloves
        4.  Salt - 1/2 to 1 tsp
        5.  Oregano - 1/4 to 1/2 tsp

   Remove stems, seeds and any molded areas from chile pods
   Rinse and clean chile with warm water to remove dirt & soften

                                      Make it
  Add all ingredients in order listed to fill 1 to 2 qt electric blender - pressing down chile pods to moderately compact chile pods. Secure cap on blender and blend this mixture on high speed for several min -- 4 to 5 min. (Blend chile until it has a smoothie-like consistency).  Chile is now prepared  --ready to use in Posole or to make into a classic chile sauce.
                              Classic Chile Sauce
  1.  Brown 1/2 to 1 lb of ground beef in large (2 to 4 qt) sauce
       pan. While cooking add salt & pepper to flavor.
  2.  Drain excess fat and blot fat with paper towel to render lean
  3.  Add prepared chile above to cooked ground beef and bring
       to a simmer with occ stirring. Allow to cook &blend flavors.
       Use as a garnish over beans, eggs, potatoes etc...