Enchilada sauce is a type of sauce commonly used in Mexican cuisine, specifically for making enchiladas. It is a flavorful and mildly spicy sauce that typically has a rich, reddish-brown color. Enchilada sauce is made from a variety of ingredients, including chili peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and spices.

Enchilada Sauce

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Enchilada sauce can be made from scratch by combining and cooking these ingredients, or it can be purchased pre-made in cans or jars at grocery stores. The sauce is typically simmered to allow the flavors to meld together, and it can be used as a topping or as a cooking ingredient for enchiladas or other Mexican dishes.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour to the pan and whisk it together with the oil, creating a roux. Cook the roux for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano to the pan. Stir well to combine the spices with the roux and cook for an additional minute.
  • Gradually whisk in the vegetable or chicken broth, ensuring there are no lumps. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, salt, and black pepper.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the salt and pepper according to your preference.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool slightly before using it in your enchilada recipe.

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