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Easy Enchilada Sauce – The Best Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Making homemade enchilada sauce is so quick and easy, and it is the perfect way to punch up the flavor in your favorite Mexican recipes!

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

As much as I hate how cliche it is to say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I did, in fact, win my husband over by cooking with, and for him! On our first date, we baked snickerdoodles (my favorite cookie) together, and sparks flew over the flour and sugar and butter. At some point during the first month that we were dating, I made homemade enchiladas for him, and that pretty much sealed the deal. 🙂

I grew up eating some form of Mexican food at least once a week for dinner, so enchiladas were standard fare for me, but they were totally new and mind-blowing to him! Having grown up in a family that didn’t eat Mexican food often, they quickly became one of his favorite foods, and I still make them for him several times a month. Our kids love them just as much as we do, and I love that they are so easy to make!

Authentic Enchilada Sauce

Since enchiladas are so simple to make, the sauce has to be fantastic, and this red enchilada sauce is the best! It has the perfect hint of spice, without being overwhelmingly spicy for my picky children. It’s super flavorful, and makes the absolute best enchiladas. Since it only takes a few minutes to make, it’s also perfect for a busy night!

How to Make Enchilada Sauce

This easy enchilada sauce could not be any simpler to make! You’ll simply sauté your onions and garlic until soft, add your spices, then stir in your tomato sauce and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer, let it thicken a little, then puree. If you don’t have picky children like mine, you can totally leave the sauce as-is instead of pureeing it, but my kids freak at the first sight of an onion. It’s delicious either way!

How To Use this Easy Enchilada Sauce –

  1. Chicken Enchiladas – My husbands favorite (ad most requested!) meal of all time!
  2. Enchilada Lasagna Rolls – All your favorite Mexican flavors, with an Italian twist!
  3. Enchilada Style Burritos
  4. Chicken Enchilada Dip
  5. Chicken and Tortilla Enchilada Bake – Enchiladas in a casserole form
  6. Use it as taco sauce.
  7. Mix it with sour cream or ranch dressing to make a yummy dip for chips, taquitos, or a taco salad.

More Enchilada Recipes we LOVE –

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Homemade Enchilada Sauce
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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Making homemade enchilada sauce is so quick and easy, and it is the perfect way to punch up the flavor in your favorite Mexican recipes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 tbsp
Calories 80 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and sriracha, and cook 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce and water, and bring to a simmer. Simmer five minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  3. Puree using an immersion blender or a blender (with the center piece of the lid removed to allow steam to escape). Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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