Quick & Easy Enchilada Sauce

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What's an enchilada without a delectable homemade sauce?

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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Quick & Easy Enchilada Sauce

This versatile sauce can be used in a variety of dishes and will bring a freshness to your meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.33 cup
Course Condiment
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch optional flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce can
  • 6 ounces tomato paste can
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth optional vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.33cup | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1434IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
Keywords Low-Carb, Quick and Easy

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