Homemade Enchilada Sauce {Easy} – Two Peas & Their Pod

Homemade Enchilada Sauce-the best enchilada sauce and it’s incredibly easy to make, plus, it freezes beautifully! You will never buy store bought enchilada sauce again!

homemade enchilada sauce in jar

Enchiladas are one of my all-time favorite meals…and I am glad my boys love them too! They are a regular at our dinner table. Enchilada night is always a good night, especially when the enchiladas are made with homemade sauce!

This recipe for Homemade Enchilada Sauce is so much better than store bought canned stuff and I promise it is easy to make.

You will wonder where this sauce has been your whole life! You will be hooked after you make it for the first time and won’t ever go back to the canned sauce from the store.

enchilada sauce ingredients


It’s just a couple pantry ingredients that I would guess you already have in your kitchen. In fact, most of it will come from your spice rack! Here’s what we’re working with:

  • Vegetable oil or canola oil
  • Flour (can swap the flour for gluten-free flour or cornstarch)
  • Spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, onion powder, minced garlic)
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegetable broth (can use chicken broth if you aren’t vegan or vegetarian)
making enchilada sauce in pan with whisk

How to Make Enchilada Sauce

Friends, it is SO SIMPLE. I promise you can make this sauce! Everyone will be asking what the secret ingredient in your enchiladas is. It’s the sauce! Here’s how we make it:

  • Start with a large saucepan, vegetable oil, and medium heat! Add flour and whisk it for one minute. It will get nice and smooth! This is going to provide a nice, thick base for the sauce.
  • Add all the spices and garlic and stir. Note-the cayenne pepper is optional, it will add some nice heat, so start with a small pinch.
  • Whisk in the tomato paste until it’s totally combined. Slowly pour in the vegetable broth, continuing to whisk until it’s smooth and incorporated.
  • Let the sauce heat to a simmer on medium-low heat for about 10-12 minutes. You’ll notice the sauce thicken a bit! It will continue to thicken more as it cools.
  • Give it a little taste! Season with a bit more salt if you’d like.

How to Store the Sauce

It keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week (perfect for making ahead of time!), but you can also freeze it! To freeze, place cooled enchilada sauce in a jar or freezer container. Label and date the sauce and freeze for up to six months. Defrost before using.

This recipe makes about 2 cups of sauce, so you can double or even triple it and store it away for later. Trust me, you are going to want to always have it in your fridge or freezer.

Enchilada Recipes

You can use this recipe in any dish that calls for enchilada sauce! Here are a couple of my favorites:

enchiladas in pan with homemade enchilada sauce
  • 3
    vegetable oil
  • 3
    (can use gluten-free flour or cornstarch)
  • 4
    chili powder
  • 1
    ground cumin
  • ½
    kosher salt
  • Pinch
    of cayenne pepper,
  • 1/4
    dried oregano
  • 1/4
    onion powder
  • 1
  • 2
    tomato paste
  • 2
    vegetable broth

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 75
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Sodium 478mg20%

Potassium 123mg4%

Carbohydrates 6g2%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 1398IU28%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 17mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Dishing Out Health

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