Quick Enchilada Sauce | 10 Minute Red Enchilada Sauce

Quick Enchilada Sauce | 10 Minute Red Enchilada Sauce

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Have you ever had a sudden craving for some good enchilada sauce but you didn’t want to take an hour or more to make it? I’m right there with you! Being a mom of three boys, believe me, I know all about needing quick recipes that are delicious. That’s why I am sharing this quick enchilada sauce recipe with you.

I make a mean beef enchilada sauce for my Cheese Enchiladas Recipe. However, it takes over an hour to make. The only good thing about it apart from it being delicious, is that I make a heck ton of it and freeze it for a later time…

Supplies For Making Quick Enchilada Sauce

Choice of Liquid

One of the first things you’ll need to make this recipe is either water or broth. Preferably broth. It can be any kind of broth. Chicken, vegetable, beef, you name it…If you don’t have broth, that’s fine you can just use water and add a little more seasoning to make up for it.

chicken broth in a glass jar

Choice of Tomatoes

Of course, enchilada sauce would not happen without tomatoes. So go check out what you have in the pantry. You can choose to use tomato paste or tomato sauce. Either of these is a fine choice.

tomato paste in a bowl next to tomatoes

Thickening The Enchilada Sauce

We don’t want the enchilada sauce too thin…So we thicken it with either flour or corn starch. I prefer using corn starch as a thickener. I typically mix 1 tablespoon with 1/4 cup of water and then add it to my sauce.

corn starch for thickening enchilada sauce

One of the tricks to making a good sauce is making sure that you are stirring constantly after you add in the thickener. You also want to make sure you have the appropriate temperature. You want it to be hot and bubbly while thickening. This is just a little bit of sauce, so it’s probably fine on low.

However, if you are making a lot of gravy or something like that, I typically would have the heat up a little higher.

Not All Chile Powder Is The Same

Some chile powders are a little on the spicy side. Since we will be using a good amount, it’s important that we use a chile powder that is mild. Unless, you’re a rebel and love it spicy!

chile powder spices in white spoons

If you don’t have a mild chile powder in the pantry that’s okay. You most likely have paprika, and we can use that instead of the chile powder. Although, I would add a little bit of chile powder too, just for kicks!

If you’re going to the store and want to pick up some mild chile powder, you can find it near the Mexican food. You know…Where they sell spices…But in the Mexican food area. Alternatively, you can also purchase mild chile powder online.

Notice the spelling difference here…Chile powder is made solely from Chile peppers. Chili powder, on the other hand, is a combination of spices. My preference is to make my own spice mix of chili powder. It goes well in this enchilada sauce. I enjoy being able to pick what kind of chile powder goes into my mix, and how much spices and herbs I add too.

I have plenty more posts of recipes for mixing your own spice mixes too. I won’t share them all, but I really like controlling the ingredients, because store-bought brands often add stuff that isn’t necessary or is down-right bad for people.

How To Use The Sauce

This Quick Enchilada Sauce can be added to many Mexican dishes. However, my favorite way to eat this delectable sauce is on my Chicken Enchiladas. I also have recipes for Vegetarian Enchiladas, and Cheese and Onion Enchiladas.

enchilada sauce on chicken enchiladas

Quick Enchilada Sauce | 10 MINUTE RED ENCHILADA SAUCE

Yield: 12
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Have you ever had a sudden craving for some enchilada sauce? Make a quick enchilada sauce with canned tomatoes, broth, & a few herbs & spices.


  • 2 cups Water or Broth of Choice
  • 6oz can Tomato Sauce OR 2 tbsp Tomato Paste + 4oz water
  • 4 tbsp Mild Chile Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Flour OR Corn Starch + 1/4 cup water (mixed)


  1. In a medium saucepan add all the ingredients EXCEPT THICKENER (Flour or corn starch)
  2. Mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat to simmer.
  5. Add the thickener.
  6. Continue stirring until sauce thickens (about 10 minutes or more).
  7. Pour the enchilada sauce over your favorite Mexican dishes.


Store any leftovers in the fridge or freezer.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 60Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 203mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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Enchiladas You Can Make Using The Quick Enchilada Sauce!

I like experimenting since I love enchilada sauce so much…For that reason, I’ve made a few enchilada recipes.

The first recipe I came up with was this Cheese Enchiladas Recipe. These are the only enchiladas that I make with a beef enchilada sauce that IS NOT quick! If you know anything about me, I love making quick easy meals.

The good thing about those enchiladas is that you can freeze the sauce, so even though it takes over an hour to make the sauce, I can also get a few meals out of it.

My three teenage boys love…LOVE…My Beef Enchiladas Recipe. Of course, they do! It’s packed with tons of meat and cheese. What’s not to love?

The kid’s second favorite enchilada that’s super easy to make is the Cheese and Onion Enchiladas. The kids don’t usually know there are onions in it. I like sneaking veggies into foods they love. Shhh…!

If you’re interested in making authentic enchiladas, check out this YouTube video.

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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2 thoughts on “Quick Enchilada Sauce | 10 Minute Red Enchilada Sauce”

  1. i saw this was a quick recipe and decided to make it real quick. boy, was it good! now i got to decide which enchilada recipe of yours i’m going to use

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