RE: First batch
ron- there is about 2 tbls of adobo sauce. the rest of the coloring comes from the spices i used and a 7oz can of salsa ranchera. there aren't any tomatoes except the little bit in the ranchera. I also used some homemade chorizo (minus the vinegar) along with the beef.
big g- oh how i wish i would have followed your recipe. i really like coming up with things on my own, so i read a few recipes and free balled it from there. it was definitely thick and very spicy, though i could have handled even more heat if it were a different kind. i think i used too much chili powder and ground chipotle. don't get me wrong, it was good and the beef was very tender, i just would have liked it more had it been yours.