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Enchilada Sauce


This red chile tomato enchilada sauce balances tomatoes with red chilies and other spices to create an alluring sauce. This sauce can also be used as a simmer sauce for vegetables or added to enhance cooked beans.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Sauce

Preparing the Sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 tbsp ground red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/4 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 cups Pomodoro Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp sweetener (optional)


First, gather and prepare your mise en place.

In a sauce pan over medium–high heat, dry sauté the onion for 2 to 3 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. If the mixture is too dry or sticking, add a spoonful of water or stock to release the onions from the pan. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until fragrant. Next, add the chile powder, cumin and Mexican oregano and stir, lightly to toast the spices.

Next add the Pomodoro Sauce and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

In a blender, blend the sauce until very smooth and return to the saucepan. Add the stock and sweetener to thin and balance the mixture.

Gently simmer for another 10 to15 minutes, or until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. Lastly, taste for seasoning.


  • Raj A
    Raj A
    Any recommendations/guidance for the ground red chili powder? There's a lot of variation between different types - Indian, Kashmiri, Korean, etc. Will any of these work or is there a specific type to be used here? Thanks!
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    HI Raj. Thank you for your clarifying question. For this recipe what we are referring to is a Mexican chili powder featuring chipotle chilis. We have a chili powder blend recipe here that would work well. You can also purchase good quality chili powder that is a similar blend. Happy Cooking. Lauren
  • Pauline B
    Pauline B
    What kind of ground red chili powder do you recommend?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Pauline, thank you for asking. We have a chili powder recipe that is awesome. You can also find something like this in your local market already blended. Happy Cooking. Lauren
  • Jack R
    Jack R
    could i swap out the pomodoro sauce in this recipe with homemade carrot soup as im trying to get more beta carotene in my diet.thank u.
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Jack: Tomatoes are a very good source of beta carotene. If you want to use carrots, however, I would suggest more of a carrot puree whose texture is similar to a pomodoro sauce. You could also use a mix of the two. Let us know how your recipe turns out. Take care, Char

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