Amazing Mexican Enchilada Red Sauce

Andy Anderson !


This is my kickin’ Enchilada sauce that is just too good for words, but I’ll give you two… AWESOME SAUCE!!!

I’ve played about with a lot of ingredients, talked to a lot of people South of the Border, and tried it with over a dozen different chili powders… Today was my final test… I’ll give you a hint: 90% of this rests on the type of chili powder you use, but more on that later.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 medium
    yellow onion, small dice
  • 1/2 medium
    red bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1/4 c
    chili powder, your choice
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    ground paprika
  • 2 c
    chicken or beef stock (not broth), or filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 10 oz
    (1 can) tomato puree
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper, or to taste

How to Make Amazing Mexican Enchilada Red Sauce


  2. Gather and prep all your ingredients.
  3. Add the olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add the diced onions and red bell pepper.
  5. Sauté, until softened… but not browned, about 5 – 6 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  7. Add the tomato paste, and stir for about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the chili powder, cumin, and paprika, and then stir to combine, about 1 minute.
  9. Chef’s Note: I tried this recipe with over a dozen different chili powders, and the one that I think takes it WAY over the top is: New Mexico Red Chile ( I get it shipped in, and it is totally worth it. It comes in heat levels from 1 to 5, and in this recipe I’m using heat level 3.
  10. Whisk the flour into the stock, or water.
  11. Add the stock or water, and the tomato puree, and stir until fully incorporated.
  12. Take the mixture to a light simmer, and cook for 15 minutes, it should be slightly thickened
  13. Chef’s Note: At this time add the cayenne pepper, to taste.
  14. Chef’s Note: Remember good chefs cook and taste, cook and taste. If you’re using a hotter brand of chili powder, you might not need so much cayenne pepper.
  15. Remove from heat, and place into a blender fitted with an S-Blade.
  16. Blend until pureed, and then reserve.
  17. Chef's Note: This sauce goes great, as is, for pork, chicken, or beef enchiladas... it also works in Mexican casseroles, but you might need to thin it a bit with more stock.
  18. This is one AMAZING sauce. Enjoy.
  19. Keep the Faith, and keep cooking.

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About Amazing Mexican Enchilada Red Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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