Enchilada Sauce

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Make your own enchilada sauce - it's fast, cheap and easy!

For some reason, whenever I go to make enchiladas or any sort of dish involving enchilada sauce, I always seem to forget that particular ingredient. This means I have learned to make my own from tomato sauce and spices, which I generally have in the pantry – and luckily it’s super quick and easy to do!

Essentially you just mix together your dry ingredients, which are chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and a bit of flour:

Then add a can of tomato sauce to a small saucepan, dump in your dry mix and 1 1/2 cups of water, and stir everything together. Heat until it’s warmed and thickened as much as you’d like it, and use just like you’d use enchilada sauce in any recipe! You can even taste it as you go and add more salt or chili powder or whatever you like.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Enchilada Sauce

Vegan, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Soy Free, Refined Sugar Free
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Author: Jessica Verma


  • 4 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp flour use brown rice or some other GF flour to make this GF
  • 1 14 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce, water, and spice mix and stir until well combined. Heat until the sauce is warmed through and as thick as you like (if it starts out thicker than you'd like just add more water). Use wherever you would use enchilada sauce.
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27 thoughts on “Enchilada Sauce”

  1. FYI….the real enchilada sauce has no tomatoes in it ! The reason why is reddish is because of the chili powder ! If you use tomatoes sauce you need to rename it because ItIs Not enchilada sauce !!!

  2. Every year I dehydrate my home grown organic tomatoes and end up with too many jars to store safely. Now I grind up batches in my Vitamix and put the powdered contents in zip lock bags, dated of course, into the freezer. Now when I need tomato sauce, or paste, I add water and I have organic sauce without all the commercial additives. I use it for soup/stews and other recipes including my own ‘instant’ tomato soup. Add 1/4 cup of the powder to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water, let sit for a few minutes and its good to go. I tried it with this enchilada sauce recipe and it works great.

  3. This was so good! And so much healthier than the canned enchilada sauce. Served it on top of veggie enchiladas from oh she glows. Will definitely use this sauce recipe from now on!

  4. Danielle thanks for sharing AFTER you tried it!

    Jessica – thanks for this awesome recipe with simple ingredients that I definitely always have on hand! I love the concept of easy but delicious! I am making this TONIGHT!

  5. I never knew making enchilada sauce was so easy!!! I’ll take this over the canned version any day. Plus if you buy low sodium tomato sauce you can really control the sodium levels versus canned enchilada sauce. Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. I hope all is well. I love this blog and am concerned that there haven’t been new posts for a couple of months. I hope everything is okay in the clean green simple world!

  7. Mine is very similar, however, I brown the flour in a little olive oil first. I use vegetable broth instead of water, and make my own cilantro pesto (nothing beats fresh cilantro) which I add towards the end. I live in a house full of Marines carnivores, and they all love it.

  8. Seems like a lovely sauce!

    I’ve discovered your blog a few months back and added it to my bloglovin’. I just got the chance to read up on it (posts since May) and I really like it, I’m definitely going to keep following ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Your post could not have been more timely! I was just lamenting not being able to make some enchiladas the other night because I didn’t have enchilada sauce. Now this will be my go-to recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Yum! I am making this for sure. I’m going to bookmark this for the next time I need it. I love making my own spice mixes and things so this is perfect for me. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for a while so thank you ๐Ÿ˜€