Homemade enchilada sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Greg Fuller


This recipe was given to me by a friend's (mexican) mother when I was in the Marine Corps stationed in San Diego years ago. Once you make this, you'll never buy canned sauce again!
This is a great 'make ahead item', and it freezes well.


★★★★★ 1 vote

1 Hr
10 Min


  • 2 oz
    dried chilies (i use new mexico and japones)
  • 3 c
  • 1/2 medium
    onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3 clove
    minced garlic
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato paste (6 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt (or to taste)

How to Make Homemade enchilada sauce


  1. Rinse and dry the peppers.
    Cut the stems off the peppers and shake out the seeds.
    If you leave a lot of the seeds, the resulting sauce will be bitter.
  2. Bring the water to a boil. Place peppers in boiling water. Cover and remove from the heat. Let soak for 1 hour.
    We aren't looking to boil the peppers, rather, we want to steep them like tea.
  3. Pour the peppers and all the water into a blender and purée for about 2 minutes.
  4. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the chili mixture.
    Stir with a wooden spoon until all the liquid has drained (some prices of the pepper skins and seeds will remain). Do not skip this step!
  5. Pour the puree into a sauce pan and add the remaining ingredients.
    Whisk over medium heat until smooth.
    Lower heat and continue to simmer for about another 10 minutes.
    Sauce is ready to use in your favorite enchilada recipe.

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About Homemade enchilada sauce

Course/Dish: Salsas, Gravies, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #enchilada, #southwest

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