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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce is a delicious and simple recipe that is simple to make and comes together in under 20 minutes. Quickly whip up a batch with simple easy-to-find ingredients like broth, tomato paste, and Mexican spices. You can even double the batch and save half for later.

Course Dinner, lunch, sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 71 kcal


  • 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

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: If you'd like to make your own homemade enchiladas, it's helpful if you prepare the sauce ahead of time so you don't have too much to do in one sitting.

  • To Store: Add sauce to an airtight container or mason jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

  • To Freeze:  Enchilada sauce also freezes extremely well in a freezer-safe container for up to 3-4 months.

  • The Reheat: Cook sauce in a pan or skillet over medium heat until warmed through.

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.