Easy Enchilada Sauce

I’ve been making a batch of this Easy Enchilada Sauce every week lately and using it on just about everything! I have another recipe for Red Chile Sauce (enchilada Sauce) that I love. But I don’t always feel like chopping and cooking it. That’s where this Easy Enchilada Sauce comes in. Just mix a few ingredients together, simmer for a few minutes, and voila! You have an excellent enchilada sauce!

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Use this sauce for all kinds of dishes! Besides baked enchiladas, it’s great on a breakfast burrito, a taco salad, nachos, quesadillas, Potato Skins, or Chilaquiles. Sometimes I’ll make enchilada bowls for lunch with rice, veggies, some cheese, (chicken for the husband), and top it all off with enchilada sauce. It’s a great easy lunch idea!

If you’d like the sauce to have a little more kick, add in a little cayenne pepper to heat it up.

I like to make a batch of this sauce, use some for dinner, and keep the rest in the freezer. It stores really nicely in a tightly covered container, and defrosts easily in the microwave. Then, I can just make up those enchilada lunch bowls really quickly!

*Oh, and I have an update to the recipe! My new blogger friend, Allison from Clean Wellness asked me about making the sauce gluten-free. I had a couple of ideas, so I headed into the kitchen to try. Here’s my suggestion if you want this to be GF, replace the tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of potato starch. If you’re not familiar with potato starch, it’s similar to corn starch. I prefer to use potato for two reasons: 1) there’s so much corn in so many things, I can eliminate it, and 2) corn starch tends to have a bit of a gritty mouth-feel; potato starch doesn’t have that. Follow the recipe the same way. The flavor was the same in both batches; the only difference I see is that the potato starch batch got a skin on it as it cooled. No big deal, I just stirred the skin into the sauce and it dissolved. Or, you could place a piece of plastic wrap right on top of the sauce to make sure no skin forms. So, thanks to Allison for prompting me to try this!

Easy Enchilada Sauce |  Life Currents #Mexican #enchilada #sauce #easy

 Easy Enchilada Sauce |  Life Currents #Mexican #enchilada #sauce #easy

Easy Enchilada Sauce
Serves 8
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
20 min
68 calories
7 g
0 g
4 g
2 g
0 g
90 g
514 g
3 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68
Calories from Fat 38
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 514mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour or potato starch
  2. ¼ cup chili powder
  3. 2 tablespoons light tasting oil of your choice
  4. 2 cups vegetable broth
  5. 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  8. ¾ teaspoon salt
  9. ½ teaspoon sugar
  1. Mix flour (or potato starch) and chili powder together, and place in a small saucepan. Add oil, and mix to combine. Heat on low for 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  2. Turn the heat up to medium, add broth, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, until sauce thickens and smooths out. Add salt and sugar, and taste for seasonings, adjusting to taste.
  1. Makes about 2 cups, or 1 pint of sauce
  2. For the servings, I figured about 1/4 cup per serving, though this may change depending on how you're using the sauce.
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  1. says

    Debi! This looks soooo good! I love enchiladas and enchilada sauce. I’d eat it with a spoon/put it on anything. My sister is gluten-free, do you know if I could sub the flour for anything? :) Thanks! Sorry to be difficult hehe

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  3. says

    This is so easy to make. I like that it doesn’t call for whole dried chiles which aren’t easy to find. I’ve pinned this to make later. Thanks.

  4. says

    Not difficult at all, Allison! I thought about the gluten in it, but decided to leave it. I might try to make it GF next time I make a batch. I think my first try will be to use an equal amount of potato starch, and add it at the same time as the flour would’ve been added. Potato starch and corn starch are pretty similar if you haven’t used it before. I just like the potato better because so many foods have corn in them. The potato starch doesn’t have a gritty feel like corn can as well. My next try/suggestion, would be just to leave the flour out entirely. It’ll probably be a little thinner, so maybe cut back on the broth by about 1/2 cup. If you try either, let me know. And, I’ll post any updates as well. :)

  5. says

    What a great recipe and I love how you brought the pictures closer and closer… I was first thinking it was my computer until I rescrolled and realized that it was the way you positioned and took your pictures.. Great technique as I could just about reach through my screen to take a taste. SU and pinned.

  6. says

    Allison, I had planned to make stacked enchiladas tonight, but ran out of sauce. So I made a new batch using the potato starch, just like I said, 1 T instead of the flour. It worked perfectly! They taste the same, and the only difference I can see is that the new batch with potato starch has a skin on it as it cools. Not a big deal, I just stir it in, or, you could place a piece of plastic wrap right on top of the sauce so that the skin can’t form. Thanks so much for asking the question because it totally prompted me to try it GF! I’ll add this info to the post as well. :)

  7. says

    Debi!! I can’t wait to try your enchilada sauce as i never made my own before. And you know me, I like cooking as healthy as possible! I love your potato starch thickening alternative to white flour. In Jewish cooking, we use potato starch frequently, so I always have it in the pantry.Thank you for another amazing sauce recipe!

  8. says

    Homemade enchilada sauce is always the way to go and this one looks absolutely delicious AND so easy! Can’t beat that!

  9. says

    Love the idea of using potato starch for this sauce to keep it gluten free! :) What a lovely recipe, Debi! Enchiladas are a big hit in my family but I’ve never tried making my own enchilada sauce! Will have to pair yours with a nice pack of gluten free tortillas and go to town! :)

  10. says

    Oh, great! I’m happy to hear it’ll work for diabetics as well. I don’t really know much about those needs. You could also leave out the sugar to reduce the carbs some more, it just won’t be quite as smooth in flavor, but it’ll still be great!

  11. jugglingrealfoodandreallife says

    Hi Debi! Thanks so much for co-hosting with us at Let’s Get Real. This is such a great recipe because it calls for ingredients I almost always have on hand. Thanks for all of the different uses for the sauce too.

  12. says

    Hi Robert, I don’t actually go through the canning process, but I do store all my sauces in the canning jars because they are so convenient. If you would like to can this, please check the instructions from the USDA’s National Center for Home Food Preservation http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html or the official site from the makers of Ball jars http://www.freshpreserving.com/home.aspx. After a brief look, it looks like they say it’s ok, but I’d always suggest reading their stuff first. Thanks for asking!

  13. Heather says

    Oh I love enchilada sauce! I’ve never made it on my own though. I got the courage up to try chicken enchiladas this year and being able to make my own sauce for it would make it that much better. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. says

    Thanks for the recipe – I recently watched Fed Up and was horrified by the amount of sugar in everyday foods so I’ve committed to making more of my own sauces.

  15. says

    I’ve never made my own enchilada sauce and this does sound easy. Will give it a try the next time I make enchiladas!

  16. says

    Debi! Thanks for your recipe testing -really, that is so nice! I was so honoured that you called me a new blogger friend :) The feeling is very mutual! I made the sauce with potato starch last night and it worked amazingly! My sister made the enchiladas with brown rice wraps and her favourite fillings. It was an awesome meal! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!! It’s a long weekend here, so I might make them again, in fact. I’m on a real Mexican food kick :)

  17. says

    My SIL makes a very delish enchilada. I like enchilada but doesn’t know how to make it and never tried making it either. This enchilada sauce looks good and makes cooking convenient

  18. says

    I’ve never made my own enchilada sauce, your sauce looks so delicious I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for linking up with us on the TGIF Hop. :)

  19. says

    Wow! This IS really easy! And it looks just delicious! I’m constantly pouring salsa or hot sauce on anything I can think of – not only is that a great way to pump up flavor, but these types of sauces also pack so much nutrition (lycopene, etc …) to amp up the nutrient profile of your food so easily! This gorgeous enchilada sauce will be just perfect to have on hand, too! Pinning for sure!

  20. thetinyprofessional says

    I have never tried anything like this, but it looks delicious! Great pictures!

  21. says

    Pinned. I’m using another enchilada recipe at the moment, but this one seems a bit easier to make. Will give this a try. Thanks for sharing on The Weekend Social. Hope to see you there tomorrow at 9pm EST.

  22. says

    OH, I think will become a fast fav at our house! YUM I love enchiladas! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Its live now!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com


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