While you can certainly find pre-made enchilada sauces on the grocery store shelves, nothing quite compares to the depth of flavor and authentic taste of a homemade version. By taking the time to craft your own enchilada sauce, you can elevate this type of sauce to new heights and impress your family and friends.

1. Enchilada Sauce Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for added heat)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Whisk in the all-purpose flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, to create a roux.

Add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, ground cinnamon, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir to combine and cook for an additional minute, allowing the spices to toast and become fragrant.

Slowly pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Stir in the tomato sauce, salt, and black pepper.

Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or spices to suit your taste preferences.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the enchilada sauce cool slightly before using.

Feel free to experiment with the spices, adding a touch more cumin for an earthier flavor or a sprinkle of smoked paprika for a hint of smoky goodness.

So the next time you’re craving the irresistible comfort of enchiladas, skip the store-bought sauce and whip up a batch of this homemade enchilada sauce. Your taste buds (and your family or guests) will thank you!

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