Time to get saucy with this easy homemade enchilada sauce! Put together a few ingredients, including chiles and tomatoes, heat them up, and voila! You’re done. Enchilada sauce may be the staple condiment of Southwestern cuisine, right up there with salsa, so you might want to jar this up and keep it on hand. It will up the flavor ante in many of your Southwestern recipes.
Enchilada sauce can be used in place of, or in addition to, salsa, to add more heat and flavor. Try it drizzled on Avocado Breakfast Pizzas, smear it as a sauce on this whole wheat pizza crust and add toppings for a taco pizza, or use it in these Slow Cooker Enchiladas. It can also be added to chili for extra flavor, or used instead of ketchup on this Spicy Southwestern Burger. Try it on tacos, such as Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Crema (in addition to the crema) or pour a touch over Taco Salad for a zesty dressing!
Enjoy! If you like a touch of spiciness, this just might become your new favorite condiment.
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Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1/3 cup | Calories: 84 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 561 mg | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 3 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch, optional flour
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Kosher or sea salt to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, (optional vegetable broth)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- Combine in a small bowl, cornstarch, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, and chili powder mixture, set aside.
- In a medium skillet, over medium-low heat, add canola oil and sauté garlic until fragrant, approximately one minute. Gradually stir in tomato sauce mixture and cilantro, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until thickened, approximately 15 minutes.