Amp up the flavor and save time and money when you whip up this budget-friendly recipe for 10-Minute, 10-Ingredient Enchilada Sauce. A homemade sauce perfect for a weeknight dinner or impressing dinner guests.
Making sauces at home can be intimidating for several reasons. Does it involve a complicated technique? What about fancy ingredients you will probably use once then lose in the back of the pantry? Do you need special equipment? These are the questions I usually have! This Homemade Enchilada Sauce recipe is proof that you can make a delicious sauce at home with relatively little time or effort.
Why make your own homemade sauce?
To be honest, I stopped buying jarred or canned sauces a few years ago once discovering how easy it is to make them at home. You can easily turn fresh vegetables in this Homemade Heart-Healthy Marinara Sauce in your slow cooker. Or a personal favorite is my Homemade Teriyaki Glaze made with only nine ingredients!
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add flour and spices to pan. Cook approximately one minute stirring continuously.
- Stir tomato paste into pan, combine with flour-spice mixture.
- Pour stock into pan, continue stirring until fully incorporated.
- Bring sauce to a low bubble, reduce heat to low, and simmer 7-8 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Use sauce immediately or store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.
Home Chef Tip: Recipe can be doubled and extra can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Adjust the enchilada sauce to your personal tastes!
Making sauces at home allows you to really control the quality of your ingredients and personalize a recipe. For example, I use a pretty spicy chili powder sourced from a chile grower I know in Arizona. It will knock your socks of if you aren’t that into spicy foods. Standard chili powder results in a milder Enchilada Sauce though so don’t stress. You can even reduce the amount of spices if you want dinner to be really mellow! I also like to use Mexican oregano because it has a hint of citrus that complements chiles. Regular oregano is a perfectly delicious substitute though.
We hope you enjoy this easy to make 10-minute Enchilada Sauce recipe from SoFabFood Home Chef, Loriann from Thyme for Cocktails, as much as we do. If you love this simple recipe and you’re short on time, be sure to visit our 30-Minute Meals Section for more like it. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!