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A jar of homemade enchilada sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Homemade Enchilada Sauce is so much better than the canned variety, and you can make it in just a few of minutes! This is a bold and smoky sauce that adds incredible depth of flavor to your favorite enchilada recipes. 


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp agave or maple syrup
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo  (SEE NOTE 1)


  1. To prepare the sauce, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic, cumin, salt, and cinnamon and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the water and agave, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 3 minutes
  2. Transfer the sauce to a blender, add the chipotle peppers and blend until smooth


  1. This amount of chipotle peppers yields a hot enchilada sauce. For a milder option, use half of the amount or omit it altogether. You may also use a prepared chipotle pepper paste which may be milder.
  2. In the US chili powder is generally a blend of spices that does include chilies but also has cumin, garlic powder, and herbs that dampen the heat of the chilies. In other countries, chili powder is made only from chilies! Keep this in mind when shopping for chili powder outside the US, so you don’t make it too spicy!
  • Category: Sauces and condiments
  • Method: Stovetope
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 31
  • Sugar: 2.6
  • Sodium: 70
  • Fat: 1.3
  • Saturated Fat: .2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Fiber: .8
  • Protein: ,7
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: vegetarian, kosher, spicy, spices, gluten-free

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