Making homemade enchilada sauce couldn’t be easier, and I promise that you won’t want to grab that canned stuff again. It’s done in a matter of minutes, right on your stovetop, made with the perfect blend of spices that you can easily adjust the heat to your liking. This from-scratch, red enchilada sauce recipe is a total game changer!
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Anytime we make a visit to Okoboji, Iowa, we have to pay a visit to the Taco House. We absolutely LOVE their enchiladas. Heck — all of their food is fantastic, but the enchiladas are top-notch! They make them with corn tortillas filled with beef, topped with red enchilada sauce and baked with an ooey-gooey cheese topping.
I set out to find a sauce that could come close. I did a little Pinterest search and started reading. We tried many recipes and this was the one that we decided was the best homemade enchilada sauce recipe and the one that was the closest to what we get to enjoy once a year.
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Ingredients
What it comes down to are spices. The right mixture of herbs and spices will get you well on your way to making the best red sauce you can.
Here are the spices for this enchilada sauce recipe:
- chili powder
- garlic powder
How to make enchilada sauce less spicy? Well, adjust the spice blend to your liking. This recipe isn’t spicy at all. But if you want to kick it up a notch, add in some cayenne pepper!
In addition to the herbs and spices, you will need chicken stock (or vegetable stock to make it vegetarian/vegan,) vegetable oil and all-purpose flour. (or gluten-free flour to make it GF)
How to Make Homemade Enchilada Sauce
All you will need is a saucepan, a whisk, and some jars to store it.
Begin by heating oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir together over the heat for one minute. You have made a roux. That is what will thicken your enchilada sauce.
Next, whisk in the spice blend. Continue to whisk, gradually adding in the stock, whisking constantly to remove lumps.
Lastly, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until thick.
Use immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
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Authentic Enchilada Sauce Recipe
There is a bit of a debate on whether or not tomatoes are added to enchilada sauce. This recipe doesn’t use tomatoes, and we liked it the best out of all of them. The spices give it the perfect flavor, it has that nice reddish-brown color and is just the right thickness. You don’t want the sauce to run off of your enchiladas!
Recipes that use Red Enchilada Sauce
So now you have the BEST enchilada sauce recipe, now what? Time to get to switching up that bland menu! 😉 Here are some great recipes to spice things up with your homemade enchilada sauce!
- Smothered Burritos in the Crockpot (3 ingredients) pictured above
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
- Bubble-Up Enchiladas
- Shredded Beef Enchiladas
- Taco Bell Enchiritos
- Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Barbacoa
- Enchilada Pasta
- Black Bean Enchilada Soup
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- 2 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoon all-purpose or gluten-free flour
- 4 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 tespoon oregano
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and stir together over the heat for one minute.
- Stir in the remaining seasonings (chili powder through oregano).
- Gradually add in the stock, whisking constantly to remove lumps.
- Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes or until thick.
- Use immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
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Serving Size:2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 4g
This recipe was originally posted on July 28, 2014. It was updated to improve user experience and reshared on January 21, 2021
recipe source: Gimme Some Oven