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🌶️ Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Looking for a delicious homemade enchilada sauce recipe? Check out this easy recipe from Cheesie. Made with simple ingredients like vegetable oil, flour, chili powder, chicken broth, tomato paste, oregano, cumin, and salt.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

You will need:

  • vegetable oil3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • flour1 tablespoon flour
  • chili powder1/4 cup chili powder
  • chicken broth2 cups chicken broth
  • tomato paste10 ounces tomato paste
  • dried oregano1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ground cumin1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Start by heating the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the flour and chili powder, and stir to create a roux.
  3. Cook the roux for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, then add the tomato paste, stirring to combine.
  5. Add the oregano, cumin, and salt, and stir until well incorporated.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until it has thickened to your liking.


For a spicier sauce, add more chili powder. For a less spicy sauce, reduce the amount of chili powder.

There's something undeniably satisfying about creating your own sauces at home. The aroma filling your kitchen, the anticipation of that first taste, and the pride of serving up a dish made entirely from scratch. Our Homemade Enchilada Sauce is no exception. This recipe is a testament to the joy of home cooking, showcasing how simple ingredients can be transformed into something truly delicious.

Our enchilada sauce starts with a classic roux, a mixture of flour and oil that serves as the base for many sauces. This technique is a staple in sauce making, and once you've mastered it, you'll be well on your way to creating a variety of homemade sauces.

Next, we add a generous amount of chili powder for that distinctive enchilada flavor. But remember, the heat level is entirely up to you. Want to turn up the spice? Add more chili powder. Prefer a milder sauce? Dial it back. The beauty of homemade sauce is that you're in control.

Then comes the chicken broth, tomato paste, and a blend of spices. The result is a rich, flavorful sauce that will take your enchiladas to the next level. But don't stop there. This versatile sauce can be used in a variety of dishes. Try it in a Southern chili recipe for an added kick, or use it as a base for a spicy taco sauce as suggested in our guide to taco sauces.

And of course, no enchilada would be complete without cheese. But with so many options, which one should you choose? Check out our guide on which cheese is best for making cheese enchiladas to find the perfect match for your homemade sauce.

So, grab your apron and get ready to dive into the world of homemade sauces. With a little patience and a lot of love, you'll be whipping up your own enchilada sauce in no time. And trust us, once you've tasted homemade, you'll never go back to store-bought again.