The Last Red Enchilada Sauce You'll Need

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the tastiest red enchilada sauce I have ever had! I could literally just eat it with a spoon. The secret is cocoa powder, do not miss that step! I found it on the Texas Monthly cooking forum. A lot of times I double the recipe since its so good. Serve it over enchiladas, burritos, or grab a straw! Its scrumptious!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stirring constantly, slowly add enough of the water to make a thin paste.
  3. Pour into pan and add rest of water.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
  5. Stir in tomato sauce.
  6. Use in your favorite enchilada recipe.
  7. The amounts on the ingredients are very flexible.
  8. For instance, if I am feeding my kids who do not like"spicy", I will halve the chili powder and double the tomato sauce.
  9. Experiment to suit your taste, but don't leave out the cocoa.


Most Helpful

I LOVE this recipe! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! I've made it exactly like it says and it came out great! I now cut the recipe in half & it comes out great too! I just made it tonight and since I've had a cold I added some adobo seasoning from Penzey's Spices & it was so awesome. Everyone raved at how it tasted like they were at a Mexican restaurant! This recipe is so easy & it just tastes so good!

dmlove101 January 01, 2011

You saved the day with your recipe! I had just dumped out a recipe that called for roasting dry peppers and making an enchilada sauce. It was very bitter and my meat was cooked so I was committed to make enchiladas so I came across your recipe. I added a teaspoon of cumin and cut the water to 2 cups and used a 15oz can of tomato sauce. I used 2T of regular chili powder and 1T of chipotle chili powder which made it smokey and spicey. Very nice and flavorful. I will use it again.

CindyCRNA January 20, 2010

I have been lurking on this site for some time and haven't submitted a review.This sauce is the straw that broke the camels back. I used Alton browns chili powder recipe to add to this sauce. Came out with loads of flavor!This is got to be the best enchilada sauce i have had! Thank you!

xacex January 01, 2010

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