Mrs Espy's Enchilada Sauce

Mrs Espy's Enchilada Sauce

164 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    20 m
Brenda Espinoza
Recipe by  Brenda Espinoza

“An easy, chile powder-based sauce that is very tasty, and can be varied depending on the kind of chile powder you use - hot or mild!”

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Original recipe yields 2 cups



  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then add the chili powder and cook for 1 more minute. Gradually stir in the water, mixing well with a whisk to make sure you get out all the lumps, then stir in the tomato sauce and season with salt and garlic powder to taste.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. (Note: If sauce thickens too much, just add a little water to thin it out a bit.)

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I'm only going to rate this a 3 for one reason. The recipe as listed is not very good. However, with the help of other reviewers - it becomes one of the best enchilada sauces EVER. First off, I used half California Chili Powder and half New Mexico Chili Powder (available in the Mexican food section of your grocery store in little baggies.) I used chicken broth instead of water, 8 oz. of tomato sauce instead of 4 oz, and added 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. cumin, and 2 tsp. turbinado sugar. I made beef enchiladas and they were AWESOME! So don't be afraid to try this recipe - just doctor it up a bit!



Muy bien! It is a very easy recipe to follow. However, one should be aware of the type of chili powder they are using. I am quite experienced in Mexican cooking & I use a home made chili powder so cut down the amount of chili powder to 3 tbsp. But for the less experienced cook may take a little time adjusting the amount to their particular taste. This is definately a recipe one should try if they want a true home made Mexican enchilada sauce. It is well worth the effort of experimenting with various chili powders. Once one masters this part of the recipe it is really easy to make.

awesome in tummy

awesome in tummy

This is real close to a recipe I make. I use 3 T veg. oil and only 1 T flour. Same amount chili powder. Get a good quality chili powder and add slowly to get to your liking. I use 2 C low sodium chicken broth instead of water.Gives a richer flavor. I use 10 oz. tomato paste,1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp. ground cumin and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook oil and flour 1 min. add chili powder and cook 30 seconds. add rest of ingredients and cook 10-15 min. This makes a bit thicker sauce and is really good. Thanks Brenda!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 52 cal
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.1 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs
  • 4.1 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 80 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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