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Ladle Drizzling Enchilada Sauce into a Jar
Easy Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Delicious homemade enchilada sauce that cooks up in minutes! When you see how easy (and cheap!) this stuff is to make, you'll never want to use store-bought again.

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy sauce recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 77 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, or neutral-flavored high-heat oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup mild chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  1. Coat the bottom of a medium saucepan with the oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, whisk in the flour. Slowly heat up the flour, whisking constantly. After a few minutes it will begin to bubble. Continue whisking and cook the mixture for about 1 minute more.

  3. Whisk in the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder.

  4. Whisk in the water, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, and salt. Continue whisking until the mixture is fully blended and there are no lumps.

  5. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat and allow it to cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens up a bit.

  6. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the sauce to cool. It will continue to thicken up as it does.

  7. Use the sauce immediately, or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate or freeze for later.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.1g9%
Saturated Fat 0.5g3%
Sodium 272mg11%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 5.6g2%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1.1g2%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.