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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  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


    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.


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