Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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This Enchilada Sauce comes together in just ten minutes. When you see how easy it is to make homemade enchilada sauce, you will never get the store-bought stuff again. The flavor is out of this world!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce in a jar.

THE BEST HOMEMADE ENCHILADA SAUCE

Made with spicy chili powder and fragrant cumin, all you need is a few simple pantry ingredients to make this bold and rich homemade Enchilada Sauce. Once you taste it, you are going to want to keep this recipe on hand for forever and a day.

The wonderful thing about making your own Enchilada Sauce is that you can control the ingredients and keep the bad stuff out. THAT, and the fact that you can also make my Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas whenever hunger strikes. 

I often make a double batch and keep half of the sauce in the freezer for future use. AND to keep it away from my husband who will dip all-the-foods in his favorite red sauce. He says it’s his “special ketchup”… 🧐

INGREDIENTS FOR ENCHILADA SAUCE

  • Vegetable Oil
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground Cumin
  • Water OR Chicken Broth
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Paste
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt 
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Enchilada Sauce in a skillet.

HOW TO MAKE ENCHILADA SAUCE

This recipe goes real fast so I suggest you prepare all the ingredients before you start: Scroll down for the FULL RECIPE

  1. Grab a large skillet and heat up the oil over medium heat; whisk in the flour, chili powder, paprika, and cumin, and cook for a minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add some water, whisk until it all turns into a thick paste.
  3. Whisk in remaining water or chicken broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens; whisk frequently. (In this recipe, the whisk is your BFF.)
  5. Remove from heat; let cool before putting it away.

My disclosure: While this may not be a 100% authentic recipe, my easy red enchilada sauce is quick, SO incredibly flavor-FULL, and can be made ahead of time.  🙃

HOW TO STORE ENCHILADA SAUCE

  • Enchilada Sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Store Enchilada Sauce in freezer bags and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS

IF you haven’t noticed, I love making Homemade Sauces, and Homemade Spices, and Salad Dressings, and whatnot. Here’s a few to start making at home, A.S.A.P.

Enchilada Sauce in jars.

ENJOY!

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5 from 11 votes
Homemade Enchilada Sauce in a jar.
Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting Time
20 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Learn how to make easy and delicious Enchilada Sauce that comes together in just ten minutes.

Course: Condiments/Sauces, Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican/Southwest
Keyword: enchilada sauce, enchiladas recipe, homemade condiments
Servings: 8
Calories: 69 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in flour, chili powder, paprika, and cumin.
  3. Cook for 1 minute while constantly whisking.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and whisk until it all turns into a thick paste.
  5. Pour in the rest of the water (or chicken broth), tomato sauce, tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  6. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens; whisk frequently.
  7. If sauce is too thick for your liking, add a bit more water or broth to thin it out.

  8. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

  9. Remove from heat; let cool before storing away.
  10. Store in an airtight container or a jar; keep in the fridge for 1 week.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 2

 

HOW TO STORE ENCHILADA SAUCE

  • Enchilada Sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Store Enchilada Sauce in freezer bags and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Nutrition Facts
Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 270mg 11%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 17.4%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Responses
  1. Trang

    I seriously did not realize how easy it was to make enchilada sauce until your recipe. I was always buying the can before and I definitely like that I can now control what’s in the sauce! Thank you!

  2. Homemade enchilada sauce is always ten times better then what you get at the store. It’s one of those things we always have to make ourselves! I want to make some of this right now!

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