Red Enchilada Sauce

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"This is a great sauce that takes very little time. You can adjust the seasoning some to suit your tastes, but we like it as is. You can use just chili powder for all the chili powder, but the mexican chili powder adds a nice flavor."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (100 g)
  • Calories 64.6
  • Total Fat - 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 10.2 mg
  • Sodium - 291.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 1 g
  • Protein - 1.5 g
  • Calcium - 24.8 mg
  • Iron - 1.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Open the can of tomato paste, set off to the side, ready to use.

Step 2

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.

Step 3

Add flour to melted butter and stir making a roux, continue to let it cook while stirring until the flour browns a bit, but not too dark. (about 2 minutes)

Step 4

Stir in the tomato paste and 1 cup of water.

Step 5

Add all the spices and the sriracha sauce and continue to stir constantly, slowly add in the remainder of the water. Heat to a low boil/simmer and let it simmer until desired consistency/thickness. You do want it to cook a bit to cook the tomato paste. (10 minutes simmering, stirring occasionally) If it becomes too thick, add more water.

Step 6

Remove from heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool down so you can use it.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I was happy as a lark to find that we had an enchilada sauce recipe here for me to try. This is a fabulous sauce and tasted better than many I have had. It's nice to be able to make it at home and taste this good!

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(14 Sep 2013)


Delicious sauce that tasted just perfect on some Enchiladas I made. My mom and I loved it!

review by:
(8 Sep 2013)

Sue Lau

This is an excellent recipe! We enjoyed it on some enchiladas stuffed with cheddar and topped with queso anejo cheese and a little chopped onion. Very authentic tasting with the new mexico chile powder.

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(19 Apr 2013)


My mom told me about this and I had to try it. We love it so much and go through it so fast that I am making it at least once every few weeks to have with our Mexican food. It tastes so much better than from the store and you can make it real cheap!

review by:
(26 Sep 2012)


I was searching for a sauce for my enchiladas. I thought I would try homemade instead of store bought. This sauce was really good and was the perfect choice!

review by:
(14 Apr 2012)