Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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by on April 13, 2015

Easy Homemade Enchilada SauceI love enchiladas, but I don’t always remember to pick up sauce from the store, plus, have you noticed those little cans are expensive. One night a few weeks back, I had such a craving for enchilada sauce, and since I already make my own Taco Seasoning, I figured, how hard could it be? I know there are many recipes for enchilada sauce out there, and some are spicier than others, but this one seemed to have enough flavor for my husband, while not being too spicy for my kids.

If you want your enchilada sauce to be spicier, then I recommend reducing or eliminating the brown sugar in this recipe, but honestly, I do think having it evens out the flavors.  You could always add more spice to it, too.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce


  • 1/4 cup Avocado oil (vegetable oil is fine, too)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Add the oil, flour, and chili powder to skillet over medium heat and cook until lightly brown. Make sure you stir continually so the flour does not burn.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the tomato paste and 1 cup of water. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add the tomato paste mix to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients: water, garlic powder, onion salt, cumin, and brown sugar.
  4. Cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.

enchiladasYou can immediately use your enchilada sauce to create enchiladas, or store in in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.

Tip: This is also really good on nachos!


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