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
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
Servings: 2 1/2 cups
Calories: 186 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ 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. Use this red enchilada sauce as you would any canned version.
  2. I am not claiming this to be an authentic enchilada sauce, just our family favorite.
  3. 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 186 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 796mg35%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 2620IU52%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.