The Last Red Enchilada Sauce You'll Need

"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!!"
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photo by ~*Miss Diggy*~
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Ready In:
4 cups




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

Questions & Replies

  1. The name says it's the BEST! I always make a double batch. Whenever I make this for someone else the ask, "what brand is this"? I promptly direct them to this recipe. It's also EASY! Try it!
  2. Is the bouillon in this recipe liquid bouillon or granulated/bouillon cubes? Thanks!


  1. First of all, MMMMMM! Don't let the fact that only 20 reviews have come in on this recipe fool you. It's fully 5-stars and amazing. Stop reading the reviews and make this. Even my kids licked their plates and asked me to make this again. Wow. This is even better than any restaurant sauce I've had. Nicely done, Jamie Renee.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. Yep, this one's a 5-star winner. This was so good I don't think I can ever go back to canned enchilada sauce again. Cocoa powder does something magical to Mexican sauces and cooking - try it in chili too! Used only 1 T. of chili powder because I didn't think my Little could handle the kicked up spice. Since I didn't want to lose the flavor, I did add about 1 t. of smoked paprika which wasn't a bad substitute and still carried a hint of the chili powder's smokiness. Next time I'll try a double batch and see if it freezes. We made this as the sauce for Chicken Enchiladas and enjoyed every bite.


  1. I made this for the first time today and I must say it was delish. I didn't have any cocoa powder so I grated bakers unsweetened chocolate and substituted canned petite diced tomatoes for the tomato sauce. I also used 1 tbs of ancho chili powder in place of 1 tbs of the chili powder. It turned out wonderful. Will definitely be making this again.
  2. I have NEVER posted a review online but this sauce compelled me to. It's fabulous. I always make double. Yesterday I substituted a can of La Costena Chipotle Peppers in Adobe Sauce for 1 of the 8oz tomato sauce. Puree it in your mini chopper/dump that into the other 8oz can tomato sauce. Try it on tamales/You'll see what I mean.



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