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10 June 2014

A very flavorful quick and easy red enchilada sauce recipe that is ready in only 15 minutes. Get those enchiladas ready!

Enchiladas are awesome! We could eat enchiladas any day of the week. Problem is, making a truly awesome enchilada sauce takes some time. If you’re like us, you don’t always have the time, but you still want awesome food.

So do we!

After some experimentation, I have a super quick version of an enchilada sauce that is actually quite delicious, and not only works on enchiladas, but on other meals as well. Try it on quesadillas, drizzled into a burrito, over tacos…you get the idea!

What’s the Secret to Making Enchilada Sauce Fast?

The answer – Chili Powder!

A good red enchilada sauce recipe starts from dried chili peppers that need to be rehydrated. It really is a GREAT enchilada sauce, but it does take time. When you don’t have the time but want enchiladas anyway, use this recipe.

The chili powder brings a LOT of flavor to the finished sauce. You’re sure to love it, and you can easily adjust the amount of chili powder used to fit your own taste preferences.

How to Make Enchilada Sauce – The Easy Way!

Get a large pan heated up to medium heat and add a bit of olive oil. Stir in flour and chili powder and keep stirring continually for about 5 minutes, until the roux (flour and oil mixture) begins to brown a bit.

Stir in the tomato paste broth and seasonings until a sauce consistency forms. If it is too thick for your tastes, add in a bit more of the stock. It should thicken up nicely for you.

Taste and adjust to your preference with salt and pepper – and maybe more spicy chili powder!

That’s it! I hope you enjoy your enchiladas, my friends!

Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce

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If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup red chili powder (ancho powder is GREAT here)
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add oil and get it nice and warm.
  2. Add flour and chili powder. Reduce heat to low and stir constantly, about 5 minutes, until the mixture browns.
  3. Add in tomato paste, broth, cumin and garlic powder. Stir to incorporate.
  4. Allow the mixture to thicken up and become consistent, stirring often.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste, then set aside until ready to use.
Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 454mg 19%
Potassium 431mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 14.2%
Vitamin C 11.3%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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