Heat shortening in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add chile powder and cook for an additional minute.
Gradually add the water and stir, making sure that no lumps form
Add seasonings to sauce and simmer at low heat for 10-15 minutes.
* Varied amounts and variety of chile will determine the degree of hotness.
NOTE: One pound of cooked beef or pork, ground, cubed, or shredded,may be added.
This recipe is a traditional hispanic recipe and was taken from the cookbook entitled "Cocinas de Nuevo Mexico."