With just minutes and simple ingredients, you can add some from-scratch flair to your favorite enchiladas by making your very own Enchilada Sauce From Scratch!
Use it to make Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Tacos!
Who else loves all things enchiladas? Basically, you're taking an almost perfect food, the burrito, and smothering it with a delicious sauce, and cheese, and baking it. How can you go wrong? That's why we make our own Enchilada Sauce From Scratch! Not only is it easy to make but I bet you also already have everything you need!
I bet you already have most of this already in your pantry!
- Vegetable Stock - Have you made your own yet? Or you could use some of your own homemade chicken stock.
- Tomato Paste - This is one of the few things that we don't like to make from scratch. We have in the past and honestly, it's one of the very few times you'll hear me say, it wasn't worth making it from scratch.
- Olive Oil - Or you could use a vegetable or other neutral flavored oil like canola.
- Flour - We use all-purpose, but you could also use gluten-free flour.
- Spices - Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, salt.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - For a touch of tang.
Easy to Make
One of my favorite things about this Enchilada Sauce is how incredibly easy it is to make.
Prep! This sauce comes together so quickly, too so it's best to prep everything in advance by mixing the spices and gathering the stock, paste, and vinegar.
Add oil gradually. Because the oil can burn quickly, heat the oil.
Have the paste ready! Once you add the spices to the hot oil, they can burn quickly so make sure you have that paste measured out and ready to add it quickly.
Slowly add the stock. While whisking, then add the stock slowly. If you don't have vegetables and don't mind it not being vegan or vegetarian, chicken stock works great, too!
Fresh sauce in just 10 minutes! And it freezes wonderfully!
What to Use with:
No matter what you make it with, you have to serve it with our Mexican Street Corn Salad!
You can store this in the fridge for up to 5 days and it freezes great for up to 3 months.
I wouldn't recommend it because this is a very low acid sauce.
Of course! Less chili? No problem. More cumin? Awesome. Adjust it to your own taste!
Definitely. Just substitute in a gluten free flour.
Enchilada Sauce From Scratch
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons flour all purpose or whatever you have
- 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock) make your own! http://www.servedfromscratch.com/vegetable-stock-from-scratch/
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Get everything mise en place by preparing the vegetable stock and tomato paste and then add all of the spices and flour into a small bowl.
- In a medium sized sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium. Add the dry ingredients and immediately whisk constantly for about 30 seconds. Be careful it doesn't burn. Add tomato paste and whisk until mostly combined.
- Slowly add the vegetable stock, about 1 cup at a time and whisk until it's all well combined until adding the second cup. Whisk until all of the clumps are gone.
- Bring heat to medium high to bring to a simmer, once simmering, lower the heat so that it's at a gentle simmer. Cook for 5-7 minutes, whisking often. This will thicken the sauce.
- Remove from heat and whisk in the vinegar. Let cool. This is when it will begin to thicken.
- Slather it on your favorite enchiladas, or let cool and store in fridge or freezer.
Adapted from Cookie and Kate.