Easy Enchilada Sauce | Family Cuisine

Enchillada sauce is a traditional Mexican sauce that is served with enchiladas. It is made by cooking tomatoes, onions, garlic, chili peppers in vegetable oil until they are soft and then blending them to make the sauce.

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Ready in only 10 minutes, this easy enchilada sauce is super simple to make and requires no dried chiles! All you need are a few staple herbs and spices in your pantry and you’re good to go!

Easy enchilada sauce in a jar with a spoon.

When you’ve got a craving for some Mexican food but don’t have a jar of enchilada sauce in the pantry, this recipe will save the day!

Ready in only 10 minutes, this recipe is a quick and easy version of the authentic enchilada sauce that my Mom my taught me how to make using whole dried chiles and Mexican chocolate.

Since posting that recipe a few years ago, I’ve realized that not everyone has easy access to those ingredients like I do. So I’ve decided to create a good alternative version that tastes very similar to what I grew up eating and is made with easy to find ingredients that you likely already have!

Let’s get to it!

Easy enchilada sauce ingredients like chili powder and broth.

Easy Enchilada Sauce Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Olive oil + all-purpose flour: These two ingredients are cooked together to make a roux, which thickens up the sauce just a tad and gives everything a good mouthfeel. (You could also use a gluten-free flour blend instead of all-purpose flour if you want.)
  • Spices + herbs: Chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, cumin and dried oregano
  • Broth: Chicken or vegetable broth both work
  • Tomato paste: This provides a nice velvety tomato flavor with making it too watery like tomato sauce can sometimes do
10-minute enchilada sauce in a pot with a whisk.

How to make enchilada sauce in 10 minutes!

  1. Make a roux by whisking the flour and oil together over medium-high heat. Cook it for about a minute to get rid of any raw flour flavor.
  2. Add all the spices and herbs into the roux, and whisk it all up. Cook for about 30 seconds. To make the process easier, I like to put all the spices into a small bowl so I can just dump everything in all at once.
  3. Slowly add the broth while continuously whisking to make sure no big lumps form.
  4. Add the tomato paste and continue whisking the sauce until it’s completely smooth.
  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer, remove from heat and that’s it!

Super simple, right?! You can use this sauce right away or store it in a jar in the fridge for up to a week.

You can also freeze the sauce for up to 3 months and use it for later, which is perfect if you make a double batch.

Easy Enchilada sauce in a glass jar.

Easy recipes made with enchilada sauce

Aside from using this sauce in enchilada recipes like these red chicken enchiladas and vegetarian spinach enchiladas, it’s also perfect for using in casseroles, soups and more! Here are a few of my favorite recipes you can use it in:

  • Easy Red Chilaquiles
  • Chicken Tamale Casserole
  • Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
  • Quinoa Enchilada Bake
  • Low Carb Enchilada Cabbage Rolls

Be sure to check out my recipe for Green Enchilada Sauce, too! Hope you love it!

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