Creamy Enchilada Sauce Recipe: A Versatile and Delicious Delight

This exceptional recipe for sour cream enchilada sauce is one of my all-time favorites! It’s unbelievably creamy, delectable, and packed with amazing flavors. Once you experience its incredible taste, you’ll be inspired to explore countless creative ways to use this truly versatile sauce.

A Crowd Pleasing Favorite

This sour cream sauce is my go-to recipe when I have guests over because I know it’s guaranteed to be a hit. In fact, anyone who tries it can’t help but ask about the secret behind its tantalizing flavor and requests the recipe.

Not only is it exquisitely creamy, but it also boasts such a delightful taste that you’ll find yourself dolloping it onto just about anything. In fact, you’ll even start inventing new recipes just to experience the magic of this sauce in a fresh and exciting way.

And that’s not all.

Quick and Easy

This recipe is right up my alley as it’s quick and easy to make. It only takes about 15 minutes, with just 5 minutes of resting time to allow the sauce to cool slightly before adding the sour cream.

Helpful Tips

  • When melting the butter, take care not to brown it.
  • To prevent curdling, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes before incorporating the sour cream.
  • Although optional, adding cheese to the sauce enhances its richness and deliciousness.
  • If the sauce appears too thick when done, simply add more chicken broth to achieve the desired consistency.
  • This sauce keeps well in the fridge for at least a week. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you if it freezes well because there’s never any left to freeze! I’ll update the post as soon as I have the chance to test freezing it.
  • If you have leftover sauce, you can reheat it on the stovetop over low heat, stirring it every few minutes.
  • Microwaving is another option, but be sure to heat it in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval.
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This mouthwatering sauce isn’t just for enchiladas. In fact, it’s a fantastic accompaniment to a wide range of dishes. You’ll be tempted to pour it over fish, pasta, gnocchi, baked potatoes, and vegetables. An unconventional yet delightful way to enjoy it is by toasting some bread, pouring the sauce on top, and savoring it with a knife and fork. Another popular recipe that showcases this sauce in a different and fun manner is my Swedish meatball recipe.

To stay true to the “Family Cuisine” brand, I’ve updated this recipe with new photos and content to give readers a clear understanding of the savory results they can achieve.

How to Make Creamy Sour Cream Enchilada Sauce


Gather the following: a medium saucepan, whisk, and rubber spatula.

Step One

Assemble the ingredients: flour, butter, sour cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. The only missing ingredient in the picture is the cheese.

Step Two

On medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the saucepan, ensuring it doesn’t brown. (A)

Step Three

Add 3 tablespoons of all-purpose white flour. (B)

Step Four

Whisk the mixture for approximately 1 minute until it thickens. (C)

Step Five

Add chicken broth, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Step Six

Whisk everything together until smooth and well-incorporated. Continue whisking until the mixture comes to a slight boil and thickens, which should take around 5 minutes. (E)

Step Seven

Crucially, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for at least 5 minutes to prevent curdling.

Step Eight

Add the sour cream. (F) Stir with a spatula until it becomes smooth.

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Step Nine

Include the cheese. (G)

Step Ten

Over medium-low heat, stir the sauce with a spatula until the cheese melts completely. This process usually takes around 3 minutes. (H)

If you feel the sauce is too thick after cooking, you can simply thin it out by adding more chicken broth, depending on your intended use.

Now, take a spoonful and savor the creamy goodness.

That’s all there is to it! See? Making this sauce is a breeze.

For serving suggestions, I recommend topping some chicken enchiladas with this irresistible sauce. While I also love using it with shrimp enchiladas, today, let’s focus on the versatility of this sour cream sauce by using it with Swedish meatballs or drizzling it over seafood-stuffed fish.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy this sour cream enchilada sauce recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

If you’ve tried this or any other recipe on the blog, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your feedback in the comments below. I always look forward to hearing from you! Remember, you can also stay connected with me on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and PINTEREST to discover more of my mouthwatering meals and delightful cocktail creations.

Originally published back in 2016, this recipe has been updated with new photos, fresh content, and detailed process shots to guide you through the cooking experience.

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