Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Enchilada Sauce is one of the my go-to staples that I turn to time and again. Lately, I’ve started making my own homemade enchilada sauce instead of picking it up at the grocery store.
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Let me just tell you, I don’t want to turn back. I keep a large container of this stuff in my refrigerator and as soon as it looks like I’m getting low, I toss the ingredients in the pot and in a few minutes have my homemade enchilada sauce supply restocked.

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Can you tell we like enchiladas?


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As a matter of fact, you’ll want to head back by tomorrow to get an enchilada recipe you absolutely don’t want to miss. YUM!!!
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So, here’s my enchilada sauce recipe. You can easily halve it if your family isn’t a bunch of enchilada freaks like mine are.

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Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite homemade enchilada sauce recipe.
Serves: 4 cups
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Add vegetable oil and flour to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together to combine. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust spices based on your preferences.
  2. Pour remaining enchilada sauce into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.


I’ve previously shared another quick enchilada sauce recipe that you might also like. I shared it as part of my Beef Enchiladas recipe. Either of these recipes are quick, easy, and the ones that I love to use. If I’m making enchilada sauce to keep on hand, this is my favorite.
Robyn xo

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About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    Yummy!!!!! Enchiladas are the best! :)

  2. 2
    Sandi graham says:

    Yum! Can you freeze it?

  3. 3

    Thanks for posting. I’ve been wanting to make enchilada sauce as we love enchiladas in this house too!

  4. 4

    I bet this is 100 times better than anything form the store!! I am so excited to try it. Thanks Robyn!

  5. 5

    I’ve never made home made enchilada sauce. I definitely will be pinning this for the near future!

  6. 6

    I love that you add tomatoes to yours!!!! I have a major hankering for Mexican food – so wish my hubby ate it!!

  7. 7

    What perfect timing! I was just craving enchiladas and was going to pick up the enchilada sauce from Trader Joe’s but now I can make it right at home. I had no idea it was this easy!

  8. 8

    Enchilada sauce is such a fantastic staple to have on hand. Perfect for slathering, soaking, or simply spooning into the mouth. :) Lovely recipe, Robyn!

  9. 9

    Thank you, Robyn.

  10. 10

    I love this. How excellent that it’s so darn easy! I’ve got to try your sauce soon, Robyn!

  11. 11

    Great pictures! I will definitely try out this recipe next time I’m making enchiladas at home!

  12. 12

    Delicious sauce, Robyn! Thanks for sharing!

  13. 13

    SOOO much better than the store bought variety!

  14. 14
    Tess lopez says:

    Growing up eating enchiladas, I can give you an authentic, very ambitious directions to make authentic Mexican enchilada sauce. This sauce you can make chile colorado, as well. The main ingredient is New Mexico and California chile pods, garlic and salt! It’s very easy and freezes.

    • 15

      Oh Tess! I’d absolutely love it!!! You are welcome to share here in the comments or you can email it to me. Can’t wait!

  15. 16
    Kimberlee says:

    Tess, share that here please!
    Thank you so much, Robyn for a homemade sauce! I cannot tolerate the store bought canned sauces. Too spicy even if they say mild. :(

  16. 17

    Oh, I bet this tastes so much better than store bought sauce!

  17. 18

    Going to give your enchilada casserole a try to today to take to a potluck dinner. From your gorgeous pics, it looks like you puree the tomatoes for the sauce?

  18. 19

    Just got done with the homemade enchilada sauce….amazing!!!!!!

  19. 20

    This is delicious! Thank you. Leftover sauce is a great chili starter, too!


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