Red Enchilada Sauce

  • This is a very quick and easy Red Enchilada Sauce that’s perfect for all your recipes. It’s full of flavor without the complicated mess! You’ll never need to buy the canned version again!

    Want to have a Mexican night in? Use this Red Enchilada Sauce with chicken or beef to make enchiladas! Or make these Cheese Enchiladas!

    A jar of homemade enchilada sauce.

    Just As Easy As the Cans From the Store!

    Have you ever been in the middle of making a recipe and realize you are missing some of the key ingredients?? Like making enchiladas and you don’t have any enchilada sauce??

    I am a pro at doing this. I don’t know why I don’t check my pantry first before I start making dinner and you would think I would learn my lesson after the millionth time. Oh well.

    A lot of times I don’t have the convenient canned version of something on hand but I do have ingredients to make a homemade version. And you know what, most of the time the homemade version is so much better!

    Top down view of a jar of homemade enchilada sauce.

    Homemade Just Tastes Better

    I have been working on perfecting this enchilada sauce for a little while now. First off I didn’t want something that was too fussy otherwise it would be so much easier to use the canned version.

    It also wanted good flavor and I accomplished this by using good spices and also toasting them to help bring out their flavor. I don’t recommend using the store brand chili powder as it doesn’t have much flavor.

    Honestly, I won’t buy store bought red enchilada sauce again. This is that easy and we all like this recipe better than any canned version. It makes some killer cheese enchiladas!

    Homemade enchilada sauce being poured over cheese enchiladas.

    Use this sauce to make Cheese Enchiladas and serve them with Quick and Easy Refried Beans and Spanish Rice for a complete meal. Don’t forget any toppings you may want on your enchiladas!

    We like to top our enchiladas with sour cream, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, or guacamole. But you do you!

    Also, I am not claiming this to be an authentic enchilada sauce, just our family’s favorite. 🙂

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    Red Enchilada Sauce
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins

    This is a very quick and easy Red Enchilada Sauce that's perfect for all your recipes. It's full of flavor without the complicated mess! You'll never need to buy the canned version again! 

    Course: Sauces
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: homemade enchilada sauce, red enchilada sauce
    Calories: 467 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
    • 2-3 tablespoons good chili powder (not the store brand)
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon cumin
    • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
    • ¼ teaspoon sugar
    • cups (355ml) vegetable broth/stock (can also use chicken broth/stock)
    • 1 (8oz) (227g) can tomato sauce
    1. In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium-low heat. While the butter is melting, in a small bowl combine the flour, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and sugar.

    2. When the butter has melted add whisk in the spice mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes to bring out the flavor of the spices. Whisk in the vegetable broth and tomato sauce and cook until thickened slightly. Should lightly coat the back of a spoon. 

    Recipe Notes
    1. It’s best to have everything measured out and ready to go before starting this recipe so nothing burns. 
    2. Use this red enchilada sauce as you would any canned version.
    3. I am not claiming this to be an authentic enchilada sauce, just our family favorite.
    4. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition information is for the entire batch of sauce. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Red Enchilada Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 467 Calories from Fat 333
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 37g57%
    Saturated Fat 22g138%
    Cholesterol 90mg30%
    Sodium 1992mg87%
    Potassium 312mg9%
    Carbohydrates 34g11%
    Fiber 6g25%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 6g12%
    Vitamin A 6549IU131%
    Calcium 63mg6%
    Iron 5mg28%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    This quick and easy Red Enchilada Sauce is a perfect substitute for the canned stuff. It's full of flavor and so easy to make! #redechiladasauce #homemadeenchiladasauce
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