Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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Have you ever considered making homemade enchilada sauce? To tell you the truth, I hadn’t either. Until one day when I was in the middle of cooking and realized I was out of enchilada sauce. Yes, I came to my own rescue that day and made my own sauce. I’ve been making my own enchilada sauce from scratch ever since. Homemade enchilada sauce is so much better than anything you can get out of a can. Not to mention, it’s healthier and preservative-free. So what do you say? Are you ready to make your own enchilada sauce too?

homemade enchilada paste

How to make easy homemade enchilada sauce 

I love experimenting with ingredients to come up with my own spice blends, sauces, and condiments. Sure, I realize there are those who prefer to go for the easy option, as in “open a can.” However, I like knowing that if I’m snowed in (a distinct possibility now that I own a home in Montana) I can still make anything my heart desires. In order to make enchilada sauce, you need to start off by making a roux. This roux is made with vegetable oil and flour and is used to thicken your sauce. Also needed are spices: chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin, to name a few. Lastly, tomato paste and broth are added, resulting in amazing homemade enchilada sauce!

homemade enchilada sauce in a spoon over a jar

homemade enchilada sauce over enchiladas in a foil pan

Uses for Enchilada sauce

Not sure what to do with the enchilada sauce once you make it? No worries, that’s what I’m here for. This sauce goes great in my Mexican Lasagna recipe. You can also use this homemade enchilada sauce to make pulled pork enchiladas. Or, perhaps you can add this tasty sauce to your favorite dip, like my Layered Mexican Bean Dip. Another idea is to mix some in your Breakfast Burritos, or Spanish/Mexican Rice. Lastly, consider stirring some enchilada sauce into your chili. If you need even more ideas, just let me know!

For other great recipes, check out the following posts: Tahini Sauce, Chimichurri Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce,  Spicy Chili Sauce, and Tomatillo Salsa.

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homemade enchilada sauce

5 from 2 votes
homemade enchilada sauce
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Rich enchilada sauce that will add deep flavor to your enchiladas, and more!

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 24 ounces
Calories: 94 kcal
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 T. chili pepper powder
  • 1 T. chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Mexican oregano
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan.

  2. Add flour, and stir to combine. Cook for one minute.

  3. Add the chili powder and chipotle pepper powder, and cook for one more minute, while you stir.

  4. Stir in garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt, and oregano. 

  5. Mix in tomato sauce, to form a paste. cook for an additional minute.

  6. Stir in the chicken broth, mix to combine. Simmer for 20 minutes on low.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 182mg8%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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