Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce is full of Mexican flavor. It is perfect for burritos, enchiladas and all of your Mexican dishes. You can make it minutes and it so much better than anything you can buy in the store!

I love cooking, I love eating, I love Mexican food! And I LOVE, like really LOVE, this red enchilada sauce. I say “this is the best” about a lot of things I make, but I really, really mean it about this sauce! I like this sauce so much I can actually just eat spoonfuls of it….so weird, I know! It is my favorite thing on a smothered chicken burrito!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

What I love about this recipe is that is simple, without roasting, grilling, and chopping a bunch of fresh ingredients…and yet it tastes so fresh! There are some surprise ingredients that will make you question my sanity, but once you have tried it you will soon realize that I am a genius (and you will agree with me that this truly is “the BEST”)!

The Flavors in Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

The flavors just work in this recipe. You get all the Mexican flavors you expect from chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground oregano, tomato sauce, cinnamon and cocoa. Cinnamon and cocoa?! It sounds crazy, but I am here to tell you that the flavors are out-of-this-world, lick-your-spoon delicious.

The cocoa does not give it a hint of chocolate like you would think, nor does the cinnamon make you feel like you’re eating a pastry….they both just give it a depth of flavor and richness that is exotic, subtle and just perfection.

Spices and seasonings for homemade enchilada sauce

Making Homemade Enchilada Sauce

To make Homemade Enchilada Sauce, you start out heating some oil on medium heat in a skillet. Add the flour, and chili powder, whisking it together.

Oil, flour and chili powder in a skillet to make enchilada sauce

Let it cook for a few minutes. You will start to smell the chili powder…YUM!

Next, you will add your chicken broth.

Chicken broth added to the enchilada sauce

Then add the tomato sauce.

Tomato sauce added to the red enchilada sauce

Finally add the seasonings.

Seasonings added to enchilada sauce

Whisk together until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the sauce starts to thicken.

Remove from heat and serve over smothered burritos (my favorite), enchiladas, as a sauce for a burrito bowl, or however you like.

Spoon dripping enchilada sauce into a jar of enchilada sauce

This sauce will keep in the fridge for up to a week….but mine never lasts that long!

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Bowl of enchilada sauce with corn tortillas and Mexican rice in the background

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce is full of Mexican flavor. It is perfect for burritos, enchiladas and all of your Mexican dishes. You can make it minutes and it so much better than anything you can buy in the store!

Enchilada sauce in jar with the pan it was made in in the background

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Reed enchilada sauce spilling out of a jar

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce is full of Mexican flavor. It is perfect for burritos, enchiladas and all of your Mexican dishes. You can make it minutes and it so much better than anything you can buy in the store!Homemade Enchilada Sauce is full of Mexican flavor.  It is perfect for burritos, enchiladas and all of your Mexican dishes.  You can make it minutes and it so much better than anything you can buy in the store!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada sauce, red sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp salt *more to taste as needed
  • 1/8 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground oregano
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • On medium heat, heat the oil in a skillet.  Whisk in the flour and chili powder.  Stir/whisk until mixed well.
  • Add in the chicken broth and tomato sauce.  Whisk and mix well. 
  • Add in the other seasonings. You can add more salt to taste.
  • Whisk for a few minutes on medium heat until bubbly.  Whisk until thickened and all ingredients are mixed fully.  Remove from heat.
  • Serve with your favorite mexican dishes (smothered burritos, enchiladas, nachos, burrito bowls).
  • This sauce will keep in your fridge for up to a week.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

3 Comments

  1. Robert Wilson

    Looking forward to trying this out !

  2. Pingback: Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef | The Butcher's Wife

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