As RNs, we've been able to learn a lot about researching topics. And we've put those skills to good use with this recipe. After countless hours of trial and error, we've created an unbelievably authentic red enchilada sauce.
Don't believe us? Well, you'll just have to find out for yourself.
Ever Eaten a Dry Enchilada?
What would an enchilada be without some sauce?
That is a question we never want to find the answer to.
If you can't tell, we're kind of big on sauces in this household. You might say we're self-proclaimed sauce experts. This is what makes or breaks recipes for us.
So, after trying out other peoples enchilada sauce recipes, buying them from the store, and even going to Mexican restaurants in Mexico, we just weren't quite satisfied enough. We believed we could make the ultimate red enchilada sauce. And. We. Did.
We know that once you taste this, you'll never opt for the convenience of pre-made enchilada sauce again. And to top it all off, it pairs exceptionally well with the world's best enchilada recipe. It just so happens we make that too.
So in under 20 minutes, you'll be enjoying a spicy, smoky, and delicious masterpiece.
Ingredients for Authentic Red Enchilada Sauce
The main ingredients you're going to need for this enchilada sauce are:
- Chipotle chili peppers: these add a well-rounded spice and smoke level to this recipe. It just wouldn't be the same without the unique chipotle flavor.
- Chili powder: yet another element of spice that can't be left out of this sauce. Disclaimer: the chili powder you find in Canada and the US differs drastically from other countries. Internationally, it usually resembles cayenne (which is very spicy). So, if you can get your hands on the more mild, American-style chili powder, it will work better in this recipe.
- Cinnamon: you don't often see many enchilada sauces with cinnamon, but we love using this spice to add natural sweetness to our recipe. Start slow with this powerful flavor, and work your way up.
- Oregano: this herb makes the sauce more complex in flavor. And as an added bonus, It's also rich in antioxidants. Again, you'll only need a little bit to achieve the end result we're going for.
How to Make Red Enchilada Sauce
To begin, you'll need to heat some oil in a pan and whisk that together with your flour. After it starts turning brown, add in the spices and continue whisking for another minute or so. This is to make the spices nice and fragrant.
Add in the vegetable broth slowly, while continuing to whisk until all of the chunks are gone. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until mixed.
Reduce the heat, and simmer your sauce until it thickens. This takes about 10-15 minutes.
How to Store Enchilada Sauce
This sauce keeps well in the fridge for 4-5 days. It also lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer. Just make sure to leave some room for expansion in your container.
This sauce could save you on a busy night when you don't have time to cook. All you have to do is thaw it, pour it over our enchiladas that you've also pre-made, and you've got yourself a quick and easy weeknight dinner!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This authentic enchilada sauce is the perfect addition to your kitchen. It's:
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1 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories592
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 4.9g 25%
- Sodium 2000mg 84%
- Potassium 1416.8mg 41%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 7.2g 29%
- Sugars 17.9g
- Protein 8.1g 17%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Can this recipe be made gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe can be made with an all-purpose gluten-free flour.
What happens if I burn the flour and oil?
If you burn the flour and oil, you will have to start again. Thankfully, it's the first step in this recipe.
What is adobo sauce?
Adobo is a thick, authentic Mexican sauce made from chili powder, vinegar, garlic powder, and herbs. It's mostly known for its use in covering chipotle peppers.