Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    25 m
Mary Kate
Recipe by  Mary Kate

“I use this enchilada sauce for homemade enchiladas.”

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Original recipe yields 2 1/2 cups



  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir flour and chili powder into the oil; cook and stir until smooth. Gradually stir tomato sauce, water, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and brown sugar into the flour mixture, respectively. Reduce heat to low and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

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Sarah Jo

Sarah Jo

I made the recipe as written to start though once I tasted it, I did add more spices (more cumin, garlic powder, onion powder) plus fresh ground pepper and teaspoon of mexican oregano--it just needed more. I used this in Chicken Enchilada Soup, it worked out nicely. One recipe of this was just enough for a whole recipe of Chicken Enchilada Soup.



I agree with Sarah Jo...I did the same thing. It was good, but definitely needed more spices, so as I was cooking and tasting, I added more of the spices and pepper, as well.

The Bowns

The Bowns

This is a great starter recipe, but I followed the other reviewer's recommendations, and went for some of my own modifications. I'm glad I did, or I'm sure I would have been disappointed. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil for more flavor depth. It only needs 1 cup water. I subbed 2 cloves chopped garlic instead of garlic powder, and 2 tsp chopped dried onions instead of onion powder. I added way more cumin (1 tsp), plus 1/2 tsp coriander, then Tabasco, salt, and pepper to taste. I omitted brown sugar altogether -- the tomatoes are sweet enough! The sauce needs to be whisked after every addition and while it's cooking. My version made about 2 cups of thick, creamy, mildly spicy sauce, and my husband loved it. Score!

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Amount Per Serving (10 total)

  • Calories
  • 76 cal
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs
  • 6.1 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 174 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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