Legendary Orange Sauce

Serves 24 Servings
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I’m obsessed with the restaurant Tacolicious in San Francisco. Their Legendary Orange Sauce, found in the Tacolicious Cookbook is, well… Legendary! Tangy, slightly sweet and incredibly savory. It’s delicious on just about everything including tacos, tostadas, nachos, and burritos. The only thing missing was olive oil 🙂

A big thank you to Tacolicious for giving me the ok to adapt their recipe using my family’s EVOO.

– Jonathan Sciabica


  • 2
    Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/2
    White Onion
  • 12
    Dried Árbol Chiles
  • 3 - 4
    Garlic Cloves (peeled)
  • 1/2 Cup
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 Cup
    Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup
  • 1/2 Tablespoon
    Sea Salt


  1. Cut tomatoes lengthwise and slice onion.

  2. On a cookie sheet, place onion slices and tomatoes cut side down. Set oven to broil. Roast until black on the edges.

  3. Over medium heat, sauté garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, turning several times with tongs, for 3 minutes. Add chiles to garlic, sauté for 1-2 minutes, flipping occasionally until they just start to toast. Take care not to burn. Feel free to remove any piece of garlic or chile once browned.

  4. Transfer chiles and garlic to a blender of food processor. Pour in the water and vinegar, and let stand for 5 minutes to soften.

  5. Purée on high, 10 to 20 seconds. Turn to low speed and slowly add remaining olive oil. Adding olive oil slowly ensures the mixture will emulsify, creating desired creamy consistency.

  6. Add the tomatoes and onion. Purée on high, until smooth.


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