Main Dish | February 16, 2018

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Growing up red enchiladas were always a favorite…that love has spilled over into my own little family as well.  These are always a delicious, easy, comfort food that we enjoy. My mom always relied on the seasoning packet for these babies – ’cause lets face it – canned red sauce is…well…yucky. So I have a red enchilada sauce recipe that will knock your socks off.

Enchiladas with Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce in cast iron skillet

Items From Your Pantry

I actually really like the good ol’ seasoning packet as well, but making homemade is nearly as easy and twice as good!  You probably have all of the seasoning in your spice cabinet, so there are no excuses my friends!

A side shot of Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce spread over enchiladas in cast iron skillet

An overhead shot of Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce in mason jar

Make It Ahead!

The great thing about this sauce is that it can be made ahead that then used for a really fast weeknight meal. Tortilla, filling of choice, roll, repeat.  Top with sauce and cheese.  Bake.  That’s it!

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce in mason jar with a wooden spoon at the side

Red Enchilada Sauce for a Versatile Meal

In under an hour you’ll have a hot bubbly, homemade meal that will please your whole family. Here I’ve filled my corn tortillas with cheese. l love cheese enchiladas, but try ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken!

Top with your favorite toppings – my favs are green onions and avocado.  Sour cream, lettuce, or cilantro would be nice also.

Enchiladas with homemade enchilada sauce in a cast iron skillet with tortilla chips

Now Go Make It!

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I do! And while you’re at it – check out our green enchiladas!

5 from 1 vote
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Homemade Red Sauce Enchilada Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Delicious and easy homemade red enchilada sauce that's full of flavor and made with simple pantry staples.

Course: condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Enchilada Sauce, Homemade Enchilada Sauce, Red Enchilada Sauce
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 76 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/8 cup chili powder
  • 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chicken bouillon like knorr
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground chipotle optional - this will give it a kick
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes optional
  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Add flour - stir and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in chili powder, tomato sauce, and water.

  3. Add bouillon, cumin, salt, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and chipote and parsley if desired.
  4. Simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge up to a week.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Red Sauce Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Sodium 712mg31%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. This looks delicious. I love enchilada’s, but hate the red sauce you buy at the stores. This looks perfect!