Enchilada sauce is as easy to make as it is to just open a can of it from the store.  Basic ingredients like tomato sauce and chili pepper combine to make a delicious sauce to top enchiladas or tacos.  Don't run to the store – make the sauce yourself!

Red Enchilada Sauce - Growing Up Gabel

In 2004 my (new) husband and I made the trek across country from Michigan to Arizona.  We did everything you shouldn't do — we got married, moved 2,000 miles away from everyone we knew for a new job.  It was not a fun year. But we did have a nice time driving the 2,000 miles! We stopped one night in Albuquerque, New Mexico and had dinner in the Old Town.  I can't remember what exactly ordered, but I remember the waiter asking me if I wanted it “red or green”?  I would come to figure out that sauces on Mexican foods are either red (from chili peppers) or green (from tomatillos).  I prefer green, but every once in a while I want a red chili sauce.

You can, of course, buy this in a can at the store, but this sauce is much tastier, cleaner and cheaper!  Use it to make some delicious chicken enchiladas!

Red Enchilada Sauce

Serves 1     adjust servings

Preparation 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 0:13


  • 1/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves finely diced or pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • Cumin to taste


  1. Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Saute onions for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute.
  2. Whisk in flour and chili powder and cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  3. Whisk in tomato sauce and then water until smooth.
  4. Add garlic salt and cumin to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 669kcal Calories from fat 522
% Daily Value
Total Fat 58g 89%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 1551mg 65%
Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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