Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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This homemade enchilada sauce recipe is quick and easy to make! It’s great when you don’t happen to have any enchilada sauce on hand or you want to save a little money!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
5 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt (more to taste)

Combine all ingredients in saucepan, mixing well. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Makes 2 cups.

This recipe is from the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. For more quick and easy recipes your family will love, check it out here!



  1. Patti says

    I like this recipe, (and love this website) do you (or one of your readers) have a green enchilada recipe? Thanks!

    • says

      Green enchilada sauce is usually creamier and smooth. Salsa verde or green salsa is slightly more chunky the same way red enchilada sauce is smooth and regular salsa is more on the chunky side.
      Here is a green enchilada sauce recipe that I haven’t tried yet but sounds good.

      Green Enchilada

      1/2 white onion, chopped
      2 Tbsp. flour
      2 cups (about 8) Anaheim chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped
      3-4 garlic cloves, minced
      2 cups chicken broth
      3/4 tsp. salt

      Saute onion in oil. Add flour blending well. Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 20mins. Puree in blender. Use right away or can be frozen.

  2. Sheri says

    We make a layered enchilada casserole. Like building a lasagna. Start with a layer of sauce, then a layer of corn or wheat tortillas; then some cheese, then back to the sauce. The last layers are: tortilla; then pour whatever enchilada sauce you have left over all (or add some water or tomato sauce to cover the tortillas); sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake until bubbling and cheese on top is toasted.

    Sometimes we have microchip casserole! This is when we use some of these same ingredients and include leftovers from Mexican meals and distribute these ingredients over the tiny broken tortilla chips left at the bottom of the bag. These are the “micro” chips! We may use the leftovers from a few bags. We save them until we have enough.

    I look forward to seeing everyone else’s ideas!

  3. Michele says

    What my mom taught me growing up–
    enchilada powder, garlic powder to taste, cumin to taste, hot water to your preferred consistency. she puts it all in the blender until well mixed. be careful with the cumin–too much and the sauce will be bitter. also the sauce thickens upon standing as it cools. when we make homemade tamales, mom will make the sauce from the chili ancho peppers.(homemade enchilada sauce which is how my grandmothers and great grandmas made it) it does take a little while but the taste is so worth it. it’s our tradition at Christmas and it is just once (or twice depending on how fast the tamales are eaten) a year. also, i know alot of people want recipes that are quick to make. I am no exception to this; however with enchiladas the best flavor is when they are made like this (at least to me) dip corn tortilla in enchiliada sauce then fry on both sides in a little oil just long enough to soften tortilla. It should only take about 20 seconds total if even that long. if you cook it too long, the tortilla will tear. I know this is sounding complicated but this is how my mom made these growing up and they really are good:)


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