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The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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This is hands down, The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe ever. Once you try this, you'll never buy canned again! If you love enchiladas as much as I do, then making homemade enchilada sauce from scratch is a must.

This is hands down, The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe ever! Perfect to use for any of my enchilada recipes!

This is hands down, The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe ever. Once you try this, you'll never buy canned again! If you love enchiladas as much as I do, then making homemade enchilada sauce from scratch is a must.
Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Once you try this enchilada sauce recipe, you’ll never buy canned again! If you love enchiladas as much as I do, then making homemade enchilada sauce from scratch is a must! You can double it and freeze the rest. Use it to make my Chicken Enchiladas, Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Skillet, Enchilada Chicken Roll Ups, and more!

If you love enchiladas as much as I do, then making homemade enchilada sauce from scratch is a must. This is the best enchilada sauce recipe

A reader recently commented that using this homemade enchilada sauce made all the difference in her dish, and I agree. I have never cared for any of the canned sauces, so I usually whip up a big batch and freeze what I don’t use for future meals. Trust me, you will be making this sauce again and again! This recipe yields 4 cups.

How to Use Homemade Enchilada Sauce:

Aside from making enchiladas, here’s a few more ways to use it!

  • Poach your eggs in them for a Enchilada Shakshuka
  • Pour some over turkey meatloaf for a Enchilada Mexi-loaf
  • Use it on tacos or burritos
  • Pour some in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and add some chicken to make an easy, flavorful, Mexican inspired shredded chicken dish.
  • Make Poblano Stuffed Peppers (pictured above) recipe coming soon!
  • The possibilities are endless, if you have ideas please share!

The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe

4.91 from 87 votes
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Cals:21
Protein:1
Carbs:4
Fat:0.5
This is hands down, The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe ever! You'll never buy canned again!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
This is hands down, The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe ever. Once you try this, you'll never buy canned again! If you love enchiladas as much as I do, then making homemade enchilada sauce from scratch is a must.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 /4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 -1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  chipotle chilis in adobo sauce chopped (to taste)
  • 1 tsp Mexican hot chili powder or more to taste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and garlic; sauté until golden, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, chipotle chiles, hot chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 7-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use. Makes 4 cups.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 /4 cup, Calories: 21 kcal, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 355 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g

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254 comments on “The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe”

  1. Would it change the taste significantly to use regular chili powder instead of Mexican hot chili powder? What is the difference between the two?

  2. This is my go to enchilada sauce recipe. I use it as a Mexican sauce on all kinds of things. Gina’s recipes and seasonings are always right one. This one is no exception. Thank you, Gina!

  3. How can the sauce be stored for later use? The recipe I used it for only used about half of it. Thanks so much!

  4. This sauce is amazing! Can you can this sauce for future use? I would assume pressure canning? Thanks!

  5. Alright its simmering on my stove right now 🙂 used some really expensive Italian passata, minced chipotles in a food processor and added 2 heaping tablespoons of the goo to the sauce. Not really sure what Mexican chili powder is for Americans so I just used 1.5 tsp of chili powder from Kotányi (a spice mix, not cayenne.). I have crushed chipotle as well, saw the other recipes of yours using it but I think It would be too spicy.

    Tasting it right now and it’s super delicious, but on a spicy side. If anyone is chili-sensitive I recommend using just one TBSP of chipotles and adding some smoke paprika instead.

    Now, when the sauce is done I’ll be testing it with your chicken enchiladas and enchilada skillet recipes 🙂

    Thank you for an amazing recipe!

  6. This was fantastic. and so easy and quick.  Thank you! Surprisingly I had a can of adobe peppers in my cupboard. just waiting for my enchiladas to get out of the oven though I see I could put this on so many things.YUM!!