Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Here’s a little something try out this taco Tuesday…or maybe enchilada Wednesday?  That’s not a thing?  Well…..maybe it should be after you try making this oooooh so easy homemade enchilada sauce!

Of course, I use store-bought enchilada sauce for plenty of things, but I love that this sauce can be tweaked to suit your tastes by adding extra spice or a can of green chiles if you like.  It also makes plenty so you can make a pan of enchiladas for now and have enough to make a pan for the freezer without having to open up a bunch of cans.  I also feel a pretty good knowing that I know everything that is going into the sauce!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • Servings: 6 cups
  • Difficulty: easy
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1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, can use gluten-free

3 tablespoons tomato paste

7 cups water

2 tablespoons vegetable or chicken soup base (I use better than bouillon brand)

2 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider or white)

Optional – add cayenne pepper or one can of mild green chiles


In a large sauce-pan, pour vegetable oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and salt.  Heat over medium-high heat and stir until spices become fragrant.  (about 1-2 minutes).  Whisk in the flour and stir until a smooth paste is formed.  Continue cooking just until the raw flour smell is gone, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Whisk in the tomato paste.

Let cook for another minute.  Remove the pan from the heat and slowing whisk in the water, adding a little at a time and whisking until smooth before adding more.  Add the soup base and vinegar.  Return the pot to the heat and bring to a rolling boil.  Reduce the heat to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered for 20-30 minutes.  Serve.

Yields 6 cups sauce (depends on the amount of reduction during cooking)


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