Red Enchilada Sauce
Do you want to make some awesome red enchilada sauce, that you can use on all sorts of dinners? Then this sauce is calling your name!
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I used to buy the canned enchilada sauce all the time. I never knew that it was something I could make by hand. I knew that I could make tomotillo (green) sauce because I’ve been making my sister in laws amazing recipe for years. But red enchilada sauce was always one of those things that I just didn’t think was possible. Then one day my hubby asked me if I could find another canned enchilada sauce because he didn’t like it and it always tasted funny to him. Well I didn’t jump up and say, “I’ll make homemade enchilada sauce”. No, I went to Trader Joes and Sprouts first, and looked at their pre-made enchilada sauce.
Nothing looked good. It just all looked mediocre. Nothing to jump up and down about. That is when I thought, “Hey, why don’t I make some homemade enchilada sauce. How hard can it be?” I googled red enchilada sauce and found a ton of recipes. I mean a ton. Everyone has their own recipe, but when you start going through them, they all have about the same ingredients. Once I realized this I was excited.
I went to the store, got the 9 ingredients. Yep you heard me right…9! Came home and sent out to make this enchilada sauce. I didn’t have high expectations because really I knew nothing about making homemade enchilada sauce. I just wanted it to work out so my hubby would like it. Well what I didn’t expect was to love it. Also, it was the easiest sauce EVER to make!
It had the perfect taste and spices were spot on. I was afraid that it was going to taste to tomato-y, but it had the prefect combo of tomatoes, onions and spices. It was restaurant style enchilada sauce all made in the comfort of your home. YAY!! 🙂
Get the Recipe: Red Enchilada Sauce
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 coves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup chicken stock
- In a medium sauce pan heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until just browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and oregano. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. You want to saute your spices for a few seconds because it will give your sauce a more robust flavor.
- Stir in tomato sauce and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook over medium-heat for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the pan from the stove. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Then place ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
- Use right away or refrigerate for up to one week.
I have been looking for good enchilada sauce recipe. Trying this soon!
Thank you Ami! I hope you like it. 🙂
I love making homemade enchilada sauce, it is so much better than the store bought version. Yours looks gorgeous!
Thank you Erin. I am in love with making it too, now. 🙂
I have never made enchilada sauce before. Which is crazy, since I grew up in Southern CA, and live in AZ now. We eat Mexican food all.the.time. Pinned to try! 🙂
I had never tried it either and I’ve lived in Southern CA my whole life. Not sure what I was thinking. Its is easy and delicious! Thanks for stopping by Allison! 🙂
This looks great! I’ve always wanted to make my own at home but never have. Going to have to try this!
Thank you Stephanie. You need to try it. It’s really yummy.
Awesome!! You’d fit right in where I live at the moment, in Santa Fe NM!
Thank you! Oooh I would all the food there! 🙂
This is why I love Mexican food so much! We have a local Mexican restaurant that has the most amazing enchilada sauce. Like you – I was making my own! It is *so* much better than store bought. I’ll only buy it now when I’m in a big rush, otherwise, it’s homemade! Pinned!
Agree 100%. If I am in a time crunch I will buy it too, but the homemade ones are so much better. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and pinning Kristi! 🙂