Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
I strongly suggest to make this sauce a day ahead and refrigerate as the flavors will blend together even more, and I advise that you double amounts if you are using it for enchiladas, what you do not use may be frozen for later use, this sauce freezes very well, in fact I most always make more to have handy in my freezer --- this makes a fantastic sauce for tacos or enchiladas it is the only one that I use I never purchase bottled this is much better --- the sour cream is only optional add in for a creamy-style sauce :)
- 3 -4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 -5 teaspoons chili powder (or to taste)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 -4 teaspoons cumin (can use more to taste)
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup salsa
- 1 cup tomato sauce (or use crushed tomatoes)
- 1 cup beef broth or 1 cup water mixed with beef bouillon powder or 1 cup just use water
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt (or to taste) or 1 teaspoon white salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper (or to taste)
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream (optional, add in for a creamy sauce, can use more to taste)
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add in onion, red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, chili powder and cumin and saute for 3 minutes.
- Add in fresh garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
- Add in salsa, tomato sauce and beef broth or water; mix with a spoon to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered stirring occasionally for 30-40 minutes or until reduced slightly.
- Adjust all spices to taste then season with seasoned salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix in sour cream if using and heat through (do not allow to boil).
- OPTIONAL: you may cool the mixture then process on a food processor or a blender for a smoother texture.
Mine was salty, but that was probably my own fault. I added Jalapino and Anahiem peppers and will probably lessen cumin next time, but only because I'm not a big fan of cumin.
Another winner from Kittencal! Even the picky 9-year-old loved it. (She did say it was spicy though I only added 1/4 tsp red pepper. I'll just leave it out next time.) I'm glad I took your advice and made a double batch. This is a keeper.
I used the whole teaspoon of chile flakes and it was way too spicy. I added a whole 6 oz. can of tomato paste and a 14 oz. can of refried beans to cut the heat. Then I used it with leftover pork, corn tortillas, chopped onion, and cheese for some delicious enchiladas.