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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce can easily be made from scratch with a blend of common Mexican spices, tomato paste, and a bit of broth. 

Course Dinner, lunch, sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 71 kcal
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  • 3 Tbsp. oil olive, avocado, or vegetable
  • 3 Tbsp. flour gluten-free 1-to-1 blend
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. chili powder mild
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. oregano dried
  • Pinch of nutmeg optional
  • ½ - 1 tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth regular sodium


  1. Whisk together chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, nutmeg, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Combine oil, flour, and seasoning ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan or pot over medium heat. Whisk ingredients for 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and ½ cup of chicken broth. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour in remaining 1 ½ cups of chicken broth over the course of 5 minutes, whisking until smooth between each addition.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer sauce for 8-10 minutes, whisking every 1-2 minutes to prevent burning.
  6. Use enchilada sauce in your favorite Chicken and Cheese Enchilada recipe.
  7. Store sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  8. This recipe yields ~1 ½ cups of red enchilada sauce.

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Recipe Notes

  • This enchilada sauce is about a 3 out of 10 on the heat scale.
    • To increase the spice level add a bit of cayenne pepper or use a chili powder with more heat.
    • To decrease the spice level, leave out the black pepper and reduce the amount of chili powder used by ½ tablespoon.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 650mg28%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.