Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite easy homemade enchilada sauce recipe.

Enchilada Sauce Recipe. Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite homemade enchilada sauce recipe. // addapinch.com

 

My family absolutely adores enchiladas – whether it be my chicken enchiladas or my super simple enchilada casserole – it is something that I can always depend on them devouring. And don’t get me started on how quickly my beef enchilada sauce disappears. Mercy! I think one of the secrets to why they love it so much is this incredibly easy homemade enchilada sauce that I make.

This enchilada sauce is so simple to make and uses ingredients that I always have on hand in my pantry. Since it comes together quickly, it is a recipe you can easily make as you need it, storing any remainder in the refrigerator for a later use. And since we use it so often around my house, I’ve learned to just make sure I keep a supply! My recipe listed below makes 4 cups of enchilada sauce, but it can easily be divided if you need less or multiplied if you need more!

Enchilada Sauce Recipe. Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite homemade enchilada sauce recipe. // addapinch.com

 

 

To make it, I simply add my vegetable oil and all-purpose flour to a medium sauce pan over medium heat. I use my whisk to make sure that it is well combined as it is cooking. If you need a gluten-free option for making your enchilada sauce, you can substitute gluten-free flour in place of the flour listed. Once the oil and flour are bubbly, I whisk in the chili powder and chicken stock, making sure that they are combined really well. Then, I continue on adding in the crushed tomatoes, oregano, and other dried spices, brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Once you have added all of the ingredients, you can adjust to your preferences. For instance, you might want to increase the amount of chili powder if you are looking for a spicier enchilada sauce, etc.

Enchilada Sauce Recipe -Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite homemade enchilada sauce recipe. // addapinch.com

In the past I’ve had questions about using fresh garlic and minced onion in place of garlic powder and onion powder in the recipe. You absolutely can do that! It is fabulous, but does not have the same storage ability as using dried spices in this recipe. I would recommend only using fresh garlic and onion if you are making the sauce to use immediately and eaten within three days. The recipe as listed will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

So, here’s my super easy homemade enchilada sauce recipe. I think you guys are going to absolutely love it!

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Enchilada Sauce Recipe -Enchilada Sauce makes a staple ingredient to keep on hand for quick meals. Get this family-favorite homemade enchilada sauce recipe.
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Originally posted October 2013. Photos updated and republished May 2015.

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  1. 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.

    • 16

      Judy C. says

      Tess, your chile colorado sounds perfect for me too; I prefer the green enchilada sauce over red! Of course, in New Mexico and Santa Fe especially, you can easily get either or both! on your enchiladas!
      Please share your recipe here.

    • 17

      Vicki says

      I agree. Authentic red enchilada sauce is made from dried red chile pods and seasoning. There’s no tomato in it. Tomato is garnish. People see red and think tomato, but it’s the chile pepper that gives it the color.

  2. 18

    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. :(

  3. 20

    Jana says

    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?

  4. 24

    says

    This is absolutely delicious! I made it last night in preparation for my enchilada casserole recipe, and let my husband taste it. He was almost dancing in his seat he was so excited waiting for dinner to be over!

  5. 26

    Alicia Perry says

    My husband has high blood pressure. We don’t use a lot of salt when we cook. Can the kosher salt be omitted? or is there something we can substitute?

  6. 28

    D Luce says

    This was amazing! Taste/balance of spices was spot on.
    Mine came out very dark; might have been the chili pwdr. I used.
    My husband loved it and he is very picky so thank you!

  7. 30

    Anna says

    I made this with vegetable stock instead of chicken since I’m vegetarian. I use it all the time with my cheese and/or bean enchiladas!

  8. 31

    Susan says

    This sauce is amazing. My husband in a sodium restricted diet and I have made this several times without adding salt and it still is great. This allows us to have the Tex-Mex food we adore and have missed so much. Thank you for sharing.

  9. 33

    Sheryl says

    This looks delicious! I was actually going to search for a recipe. I also was wondering if I can freeze it.

  10. 36

    Dana says

    Would I be able to process this sauce in water bath for even easier prep – just open jar? Thanks!

  11. 38

    Brenda says

    I see a couple people have asked, but I don’t see a response, can this be frozen? I have so many tomatoes from the garden, another way to save them for winter would be great. Thanks!

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