Homemade enchilada sauce made with just 7 ingredients is my new favorite diy recipe. I will never buy it in a can again!
Use this sauce to make chicken enchiladas or enchilada soup.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Isn't that what they say? In my kitchen, a lot of diy recipes happen because I simply don't want to run to the store for just one thing. And then you do a happy dance because you just made the-bomb-dot-com sauce that is not only cheaper but took 5 minutes to whip up.
- chili powder
- ground cumin
- tomato sauce
- chicken stock
How to make Enchilada Sauce?
- Start by adding onion, garlic, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, ground cumin and salt to blender.
- Blend until smooth. The sauce should be thick.
- Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How much sauce does this recipe make?
This recipe is really quick and easy. It makes 3 cups of sauce, which makes it way cheaper than buying the sauce in a can. Before I never had enough sauce from just one can. I like to dip the corn tortillas in a warmed up sauce to soften them and make them more roll-able. If you know what I mean. The rest of the sauce goes all over the enchiladas and is topped with cheese. Then all you need to do is bake them! So crazy good!
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe
- ½ cup yellow onion roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 16 oz. tomato sauce
- 1 cup water or chicken stock
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. It will be thick. You can add more water or stock if you like thinner sauce.
- Place in a jar with lid and store for up to a week.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
- Use this sauce to make these easy chicken enchiladas: https://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/easy-chicken-enchiladas-recipe/
My husband and I went keto 2 years ago and this enchilada sauce is delicious and fits into our lifestyle perfectly as it contains none of the junk thickeners that canned sauces do.
I have used this recipe before a loved it! However, the recipe I need this sauce for only calls for a cup. Can I freeze the rest of this if I don’t need to use it within a week?
Does your chili powder have salt in it? The kind I have does, so I’m wondering if I need the 1 tsp salt...?
Hi Mary! Nope, no salt in my chili powder. If yours has it added, skip the salt and season to taste when the sauce is ready. Hope this helps!
I really like this sauce. The more I can make at home the better. I dehydrate tomatoes, from our garden, all last summer. Now I can use that tomato powder to make this recipe as well. Thank you for such an easy recipe!
I agree! I stopped buying it since it's so easy to make. Thank you for trying my recipe, Christy!
We just finished our enchiladas made with this sauce! OMG! So easy and so delicious. I will never buy it in a can again. Thank you so much for the recipe, Anna!
This has been my go to recipe for awhile now and I thought I'd say thanks! Also I swap the tomato sauce for canned diced tomatoes frequently and it also works well, just takes some extra blending! 🙂
Just made this and it's really good! Now I can't wait for dinner. Made the beef 3 days ago for tacos and having the enchiladas tonight. I've made homemade enchilada sauce before but this is definitely the quickest, easiest and most delicious. Thanks so much!
Hi Jen! That's fantastic! I am so happy to know you love the sauce! It's my go-to! Thank you so much for trying my recipe and for the comment!
Karen Nicholl says
I am so happy that I gave this recipe a try, it is wonderful and easy. I have several recipes for enchilada sauce that I have tried that do not have any tomato product in them at all, they mentioned that it is the authentic way, I can only say that it is the tomatoes that gives it the taste that I enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing.
Could I replace the tomato sauce with tomato paste? If so, how much would you recommend? Thanks for the recipe!
That's how my mother made it. One can tomato paste (6oz) and 3 cans of water.
Wow! This was great! I wanted enchiladas one night for dinner, but didn't have any enchilada sauce. I looked on Pinterest and saw your recipe and it was simple with few ingredients. I made it using my immersion blender instead of the standing blender. Easy, tasted great, my husband said never buy store bought again! Thanks for a great recipe!
Rebecca Ramos says
I tried this recipe today for the first enchiladas I've ever made. When I try new recipes, I use the exact measurements, and, depending on how they come our, I start altering quantities and/or ingredients. I found this recipe has too much chili powder, too much cumin and too much salt. I had to add more water at the end to try to dilute it a little. Also, you can taste the "rawness" of the onion and garlic. Next time I'll cook the onion and garlic before adding to the sauce, add less chili, less cumin and no salt.
I am making this tonight and the enchiladas smell delicious! I am wondering if the remainder of the sauce could be frozen.
The sauce is realy good and easy to make, but 3 tbsp chili powder was way too much!
Half the family couldn’t eat the enchilada casserole I made with the sauce because it was far too spicy. :/ So going to make it again, with less/no chili powder.
Marie Peterson says
I made this and it was awesome. I have used it in another recipe as well. Great recipe.
Hi Marie! That's wonderful! Thank you so much!
I like all recipes that say 5 minutes because it is a very fast-pace world we are living it AND it is quite hard to make something really good in that amount of time. But looking at your recipe I can only say that the result is outstanding! You did a fantastic job and I am happy I found your blog!
I wanted to make enchiladas for supper and realized I had no red sauce so jumped onto Pinterest and found this simple recipe, this recipe is so easy and delicious, I did add a can of diced tomatoes with green chilis and used water. I will no longer buy the canned sauce.
Can't wait to try it!
So easy, gotta try it 🙂
Absolutely! I hope you love it!
Wow! Surprisingly good! I was a bit skeptical since the only enchilada sauce I've made was cooked (Emeril's) but this was great! Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you so much for this recipe. My family loves enchiladas but I hardly ever make them because of the cost involved. I am usually making them for 10 or more people (several being teenagers who love to eat) who want a a lot of sauce on their enchiladas and it gets very expensive. Being able to make this inexpensive sauce will make this dish much more affordable and allow me to make my family's favorite dish much more often.
How long would this keep for in the fridge? Was thinking about making this for a gift basket. It looks amazing!
This recipe is AMAZINGLY simple to make and absolutely delicious! I'm not a chef and generally if a recipe calls for my 5 ingredients... I pass it along to my husband who really enjoys cooking. My husband was out of town for the weekend so some weekly meal prep was on left to me. My daughter requested pulled chicken burritos. Usually simple easy enough however I live in Michigan & it's still snowing in March and I didn't have any red enchilada sauce... I was not about to venture out to the grocery store on a Sunday cold afternoon ! Thank you for this deliciousness of a recipe!!!
Hi Amanda! THANK YOU so much for this comment. It made my day! That is exactly why I share recipes here on my blog. I am so happy to know you love this recipe! Have a beautiful week! -Anna
Carrie Gibney says
I actually stopped making enchiladas and enchilada casserole for a while because of how much I disliked the store bought sauce. Then I found this. It's beyond easy, very tasty, and the perfect amount of sauce for a good casserole.
This recipe is delicious and so easy to make. I love that it is minimal ingredients and only takes a few minutes to make. Having lil ones in the house i am always short on time.
Could I freeze this sauce?
I froze 1/2 of mine, since I only cook for 2 people now this made more sauce than I needed. I'm sure it will be just fine for the next time.
Titan Tyler says
THIS RECIPE IS THE BOMB and so easy. I used dried miced onion cause it was all I had. I did cut back on the chili powder to 1 T. Then I heated it in the microwave, added about 1/4cup velveeta and 1T butter. I was looking for a light color like a mexican restaurant here. It Tastes identical and they charge 16- for a 3 enchilada dinner. I have spent years and lots of $$$ trying cream, milk, evap, sour cream standing over the stove for hours, trying to recreate their sauce. Thanks so much for this recipe
Hi Titan! THANK YOU so so much for this comment! I am so happy to know that you love this recipe! I totally want to try your additions - sounds crazy delicious! 😀
Maris Callahan says
Mmm enchiladas! Love this idea
I love homemade enchilada sauce and I don't do it enough! Looks wonderful!
Nutmeg Nanny says
Love how easy this is to make! I love my high powered blender!
I have never made my own enchilada sauce before, but now I totally want to try after seeing how easy your recipe is! 🙂
Enchilada sauce is one of the things I so often don't have when I need it. This homemade version is so quick and simple, I wouldn't even bother buying it again!
Haha. I love that that if it Aldi doesn't have it, you make it yourself. 😀 And thank goodness you did because this looks delicious! And so easy.
Well now I am going to have to make Enchiladas!
This looks fabulous! I love the tomato and spice mix you used in this sauce 🙂