Enchilada Sauce

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Kimke

This is a very easy, quick enchilada sauce to use instead of the canned variety. We prefer to eat freshly made foods without alot of preservatives. This has a wonderful flavor.

Top Review by SaraFish

This is very good. Very easy and made with pantry ingredients (I LOVE that!). The sauce is flavorful but very mild. I suggest adding just a touch of cayenne pepper or jalapenos or something if you like an enchilada sauce with a little bite. The mildness was perfect for us, though. My 4-year-old really enjoyed it. I doubled the recipe and I'm glad I did because it made a perfect amount for a 9X13 pan of enchiladas. If I hadn't doubled the recipe, it wouldn't have been enough. The sauce was a little thinner than canned so I added a little cornstarch to thicken it just a bit and then it was perfect. Thanks so much for teaching me how to make fresh enchilada sauce at home!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add onion, oregano, chili powder, basil, ground black pepper, salt, cumin, parsley, salsa and tomato sauce.
  4. Mix together and then stir in the water.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Use in place of canned enchilada sauce.

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