The Best Red Enchilada Sauce

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4.73 from 55 votes
This easy Red Enchilada Sauce recipe is ready in about 10 minutes.  It's perfect for all of your favorite Mexican inspired recipes. 
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Homemade Substitute for Enchilada Sauce in a glass jar.

This homemade Red Enchilada Sauce recipe is incredibly easy to make and full of flavor.  

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe in jar

Why This Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe Works

My son is obsessed with enchiladas.  He loves my easy Chicken Enchiladas and these incredible Beef Enchiladas.  In the past, I’ve used canned enchilada sauce but thought I would give a homemade version a try.

After several attempts and a lot of recipe tweaks, I finally landed on a recipe that is over the top good!  I love the deep, smoking flavor of this easy enchilada sauce recipe and the slightly thickened consistency.

homemade enchilada sauce recipe in jar

Can you freeze this easy Enchilada Sauce?

This Enchilada Sauce scratch recipe takes only about 10 minutes to make from start to finish.  But, if you don’t have time and want to get a jump start on things, or if you have some leftovers, you may be wondering if you can freeze it.

The answer is yes! You can freeze this homemade Enchilada Sauce recipe. I freeze mine in a jar. After you thaw it, you may need to heat it up for a few minutes to get the right consistency.

So go ahead and make a double or triple batch and keep some on hand for a quick dinner.  Or a flavor booster for your favorite Mexican inspired recipes.

Enchilada Sauce Scratch on spoon

How to Make this Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

This easy recipe for authentic Enchilada Sauce takes about 10 minutes to make and uses some basic pantry items.  The flavor is a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.  It’s blended with some tomato paste and vinegar to punch up the flavor and it’s thickened with a little purpose flour and stock.

Authentic enchilada sauce ingredients

The ingredients are mixed together on the stove.  You start by blooming the spices in a little olive oil. Heating the spices up in the oil will bring out their flavors.  Then you add the tomato and stock to create the sauce consistency.

Once you have the right consistency, you add a bit of vinegar to brighten it up.

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe in Pan

Expert Tips for Making this Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

This Red Enchilada Sauce recipe is quite simple but here are a few tips to help make it easier:

  • Use good ingredients.  I would splurge for a good quality chili powder or cayenne pepper since that is the flavor base of this easy Enchilada Sauce.
  • The spice in this recipe is perfect for my family.  You can always cut back on the chili powder to suit your family’s tastes.  Remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out.
  • If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can substitute distilled white vinegar in its place.
Easy Enchilada Sauce in jar

How to Use this Easy Enchilada Sauce

As the name implies, this easy recipe is perfect for your favorite enchilada recipe.  Below are a few of my favorite Mexican inspired recipes from other websites that use Enchilada Sauce. You can serve this easy enchilada sauce with a variety of meals. This is a thicker sauce that pairs best with corn tortillas- and don’t forget the cheese!

Enchilada Sauce Scratch

Tools Use to Make Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

My Favorite SkilletThis is my favorite non-stick skillet.  I’ve had it for years!

My favorite spatulas: These are my all time favorite rubber spatulas.  They are perfect for making this recipe.

Storage containersI just love these storage containers.  They are perfect for everything!

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Homemade Substitute for Enchilada Sauce in a glass jar.
4.73 from 55 votes

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This easy Red Enchilada Sauce recipe is ready in about 10 minutes.  It’s perfect for all of your favorite Mexican inspired recipes. 
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add the flour, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and House Seasoning blend.
  • In a medium pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the spice mixture to the hot oil and stir constantly for 1 minute. The color should get darker.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Slowly add the stock and whisk until there are no lumps.
  • Bring to a slight boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.

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Expert Tips

 
  • Use good ingredients. Splurge for a good quality chili powder or cayenne pepper since that is the flavor base of this easy Enchilada Sauce.
  • Mix it Up.  You can always cut back on the chili powder to suit your family’s tastes.  Remember you can always add more, but you can’t take it out or use things like adobo seasoning.
  • Vinegar Substitute: If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can substitute distilled white vinegar in its place.
  • Add Chipotle Pepper: For a little kick and warmth add these.
  • Warmth: A pinch of cinnamon or paprika give great warmth to the sauce and flavor for your casseroles.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 148mg | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Sauces, Seasonings, Dressings
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: enchilada, mexican

14 thoughts on “The Best Red Enchilada Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    So easy to make with everyday pantry ingredients and oh so good. I made a double batch and had some extra, so glad I did because I had previously made chicken chicken noodle that turned out pretty bland.
    I added some of the enchilada sauce and turned that bland chicken soup into a delicious flavorful meal

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  2. 5 stars
    Substituted the tomato paste and chicken broth with tomato sauce and 2 Tbs chicken broth granules and 1 cup of water. Not too spicy. Loved it

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  3. Thanks for the recipe. You should probably clarify if it’s chicken broth or stock. Ingredients say broth but picture has stock and instructions say use stock

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    • Honestly, I use the 2 interchangeably – whatever I have on hand. but I will fix the recipe so it’s more clear.

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