Once you try this Homemade Enchilada Sauce recipe you’ll never buy the canned version again!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe!pinterestI use this enchilada sauce all the time… it’s ridiculously good, guys!

I’ll make a double, sometimes triple batch of this sauce and store it in jars in my fridge just so it’s ready to go whenever I need enchilada sauce. In the summer months when I have loads of tomatoes I even make enchilada sauce from the fresh tomatoes.

How To Make Homemade Enchilada Sauce:

  • Start by blending up a can of fire-roasted tomatoes until smooth.
  • Heat some oil up in a skillet and whisk in some flour and chili powder until smooth and then gradually whisk in the blended tomatoes and chicken broth.
  • Add in a little cumin, onion powder and garlic salt and let simmer until thickened and heated through.

How To Make Enchilada Sauce at home!

What Is Enchilada Sauce Made Of?

Enchilada sauce is a tomato and chili pepper based sauce that’s perfect in Mexican dishes. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple recipe.

  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes – I like to use this type of tomato because it adds another level of flavor. You can also use fresh tomatoes that have been roasted and then blended to a smooth consistency (you’ll need about 2 cups blended).
  • Canola Oil – you can also use vegetable oil
  • All Purpose Flour – this is used to create a roux, giving the enchilada sauce it’s thicker, creamier consistency.
  • Chili Powder – using chili powder makes this enchilada sauce a super quick recipe, where traditional enchilada sauce is made by boiling down chili peppers and then creating a sauce from that.
  • Chicken Broth – you can also use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Salt

Use homemade enchilada sauce to make enchiladas!

Recipes To Use Enchilada Sauce:

There is no wrong way to use this finger-licking good sauce, but here are a few of my favorites!

The Best Enchilada Sauce recipe

Can I Can This Enchilada Sauce for Later Use?

Yes! You can definitely can this sauce in a pressure canner. I would double or triple the recipe to make it worth the process of canning.

  • Process your lids as directed by the manufacturer
  • Wash and rinse your pint size jars and keep hot until ready to fill
  • Ladle the hot enchilada sauce into the jars, leaving about 1/2″ of headspace. Wipe the rims with a damp cloth and seat the lids. Put on the rings and tighten finger tight.
  • Process at 6 lbs. pressure for 20 minutes, following the directions that came with your pressure canner.

I’m confident you’re going to love the taste of this super quick and easy enchilada sauce. So much so, that you’ll never buy the canned version again!

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Once you try this Homemade Enchilada Sauce you'll never buy the canned version again!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 14.5oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt


  • Place the diced tomatoes in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth then set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Gradually add the flour and chili powder while whisking until the mixture is smooth and no lumps are present.
  • Continue to whisk while you pour in the blended tomatoes and chicken broth. Add the remaining spices and once the mixture begins to bubble slightly turn the heat to low and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking occasionally, until the flavors have blended.
  • Use sauce in a recipe, or store in an air tight container in the fridge for later use. Enjoy!
This recipe makes approximately 3 cups of enchilada sauce and can easily be doubled or tripled.


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1581IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: enchilada, Homemade, Sauce
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
40 Responses
  1. Julie

    5 stars
    Saw this recipe after seeing your recipe for chile rellano casserole (which many people recommended enchilada sauce over the recommended tomato sauce). Recipe was SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS! Didn’t tell my husband I made the sauce myself so when he asked what the sauce was I was thrilled to tell him! He LOVED it, had 2 servings (chile rellano casserole with the homemade sauce – listed in the recipe), gave me a 10, and is still talking about it! Thank you for your deliciously easy recipes! I am a HUGE FAN!

  2. Jean McGahen

    5 stars
    I made the sauce, the taco seasoning AND the beef enchiladas. The entire recipe was super easy and perfectly delicious. This will be a new goal to’ for enchiladas.

  3. Kelly

    5 stars
    So delicious! This is the first time I’ve ever made enchiladas. I used both your Homemade Enchilada Sauce and Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas recipes and my whole family loved it. My hubby doesn’t like very many Mexican food recipes and he had two servings. Only using these recipes from now on. Thank you!

    1. Shawn

      At the top of each blog post, just under the “Jump to Recipe” button, there are a few gray icons where you can share to various places. Hope that helps!

  4. Susan

    Even if this recipe calls canned items, you are making it in your home with an assortment of ingredients & I too would call it HOMEMADE.

  5. Dave Parre

    You lost me at “a can of fire-roasted tomatoes”. Pretty much takes the homemade aspect out of it. Additionally, I take it the chicken broth is also a “store bought” version.

    1. Shawn

      If you read the blog post I give instructions on how much roasted tomatoes you’ll need if using fresh tomatoes instead of canned. As for the chicken broth… feel free to use homemade if that’s what you prefer.

    1. Shawn

      This is a very mild sauce. The only heat is drawn from the chili powder. So if you are sensitive to chili powder, then I would scale that back a little more.

    1. Laura Petty

      My family loves this sauce! I have made it with regular and gluten free flour. They cannot taste the difference, so both work. Every time I mention it, everyone asks for some. I make a huge pot at a time, put it in jars, and put it in a canning bath at the end to seal. Then I can ship it to family all over the country.

      1. Shawn

        I’m not sure how substituting cornstarch would work in this recipe, since the flour is used to make more of a roux. I think if you want to substitute the flour, you’ll have to leave it out, continue with the rest of the recipe and when you get to adding the chicken broth, stir in 1 tbsp of cornstarch with the chicken broth, then add it to the sauce. This should help thicken the enchilada sauce. You’ll have to let me know if you try it and how it works. 🙂

    1. Laura Petty

      I use Pillsbury gluten free all purpose flour mix. I have made it as shown and GF. I had my family taste test and they said they could not tell the difference. They lover both ways.

  6. Debbie

    I have never bought canned enchilada sauce. I cut out a recipe from a magazine a long time ago for chicken enchiladas and ithere was a recipe to make it. I will have to try yours.

    1. Shawn

      I’ve made this with fresh tomatoes from the garden too. You’ll have to boil the tomatoes, peel them, then remove the seeds. Then purée your tomatoes before adding to the sauce…OR you can use some canned tomato sauce. Both are great, one easier than the other.

    2. Angela

      She’s still making iy from other ingredients to get the end result. Why comment if you’re not being positive or, actually commenting on the recipe??

  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Never made my own enchilada sauce before. As a serious Mexican food lover, this is definitely something I need to do!

  8. Michele Conley

    I learned how to make Enchilada sauce from a local Mexican restaurant. 1 of the cooks took ne in the kitchen and showed me. I use California chilies. Powder is just as good as dried ones. If you use dried chilies, make sure to pull out all the seeds. I also use the broth from the ground beef to flavor it. You should use beef broth instead of chicken.
    Make your rue, add everything in the blender. Wayla, you have a great sauce. I’ll make extra, add chili beans Pkg, and make semi homemade chili. It freezes well to.
    Thanks for reading 😀

  9. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Looks fabulous Shawn! I love homemade Enchilada Sauce – it’s so much better than canned. I think it’s great you make a batch and keep it in the fridge. I need to do that. Pinned!

  10. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I would have never thought to make enchilada sauce home made. That is brilliant and I bet it tastes out of this world amazing!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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