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Quick and Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Quick and Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Quick and Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce | Source
5 stars from 3 ratings of Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Red sauce is one of the most multifunctional sauces used in Hispanic dishes.

Although everybody makes their red sauce just a tad bit different, the basic ingredients are the same.

This can be used for my

Delicious Beef Enchiladas,

Chile Rellenos,

Bean and Beef Burritos,

Chicken Tortilla Casserole,

and all sorts of other great Mexican food recipes.

This all-purpose sauce is basically a tomato base with tons of veggies like onions and peppers. What makes it spicy is a good dose of chili powder.

Some cooks like to also include cumin in their sauces.

It's much easier to make than you'd think and makes a great topper to make while you are focusing on creating an amazing meal.

Let's look at how to make this amazing dish for yourself!

Ingredients for Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
Ingredients for Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce | Source
Step One: Add 2 cups of water to a medium pot
Step One: Add 2 cups of water to a medium pot | Source
Step Two: Turn your heat to medium
Step Two: Turn your heat to medium | Source

Cook Time

Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 10-12 people 1 tablespoon of sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium Anaheim pepper
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Start by adding 2 cups of water to a medium soup pot.
  2. Turn the temperature on your stove to medium.
  3. Next open your can of tomato sauce and add this to your pot.
  4. Stir both together to mix thoroughly.
  5. On a cutting board on the side, pull out an Anaheim pepper.
  6. Cut off the top of your pepper and cut into the side.
  7. In your sink or trash can, scrape out all of the seeds inside. Wash clean.
  8. Cut your pepper in half on your cutting board.
  9. With a large sharp knife, chop your pepper into tiny pieces.
  10. Add these to your soup pot of water and tomato sauce.
  11. Now pull out your yellow onion.
  12. Cut it in half and bag up one half of your onion to put it back in the refrigerator.
  13. Cut off the end of your onion and peel off the top layer of skin.
  14. Chop your onion into small pieces and add this to your soup pot.
  15. Finally, add your 1 tablespoon of chili powder to your pot.
  16. Stir everything together.
  17. Cover your pot and cook on medium low for about 15-20 minutes, while you are cooking the dish you are making it for.
  18. Top your meal with your delicious sauce and enjoy!!
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Step Three: Add your tomato sauce to the pot Step Four: Mix your tomato sauce into your waterStep Five: Pull out an Anaheim pepper and prepare a cutting board and knifeStep Six: Chop off the top of your pepper and slice it down the middleStep Seven: Remove the seeds and throw them awayStep Eight: Chop your pepper and add it to your potStep Nine: Cut your onion in half and bag one half to put it back in the fridgeStep Ten: Peel your onion and chop it thoroughlyStep Eleven: Add your onion to the potStep Twelve: Finally, add your chili powderStep Thirteen: Stir your ingredients wellStep Fourteen: Cover and cook on medium low for 15 minutes or so (while you are preparing the accompanying dish)Step Fifteen: Enjoy!!
Step Three: Add your tomato sauce to the pot
Step Three: Add your tomato sauce to the pot | Source
Step Four: Mix your tomato sauce into your water
Step Four: Mix your tomato sauce into your water | Source
Step Five: Pull out an Anaheim pepper and prepare a cutting board and knife
Step Five: Pull out an Anaheim pepper and prepare a cutting board and knife | Source
Step Six: Chop off the top of your pepper and slice it down the middle
Step Six: Chop off the top of your pepper and slice it down the middle | Source
Step Seven: Remove the seeds and throw them away
Step Seven: Remove the seeds and throw them away | Source
Step Eight: Chop your pepper and add it to your pot
Step Eight: Chop your pepper and add it to your pot | Source
Step Nine: Cut your onion in half and bag one half to put it back in the fridge
Step Nine: Cut your onion in half and bag one half to put it back in the fridge | Source
Step Ten: Peel your onion and chop it thoroughly
Step Ten: Peel your onion and chop it thoroughly | Source
Step Eleven: Add your onion to the pot
Step Eleven: Add your onion to the pot | Source
Step Twelve: Finally, add your chili powder
Step Twelve: Finally, add your chili powder | Source
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Step Thirteen: Stir your ingredients well
Step Thirteen: Stir your ingredients well | Source
Step Fourteen: Cover and cook on medium low for 15 minutes or so (while you are preparing the accompanying dish)
Step Fourteen: Cover and cook on medium low for 15 minutes or so (while you are preparing the accompanying dish) | Source
Step Fifteen: Enjoy!!
Step Fifteen: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tablespoon of sauce
Calories 76
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 174 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

I just tried to pull together a simple recipe for a red sauce to cover my chile rellenos in, and ended up with a delicious sauce that tasted just like enchilada sauce.

I simply used what I had on hand to make it worked and it paid off!

It fact, it was so delicious, and we had enough left over, I made Easier Than You'd Think Delicious Beef Enchiladas the next night with my homemade red enchilada sauce.

That was the most amazing dish!

I will be using this red sauce again and again in our future Mexican dishes.

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      3 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I'm so glad! :)

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      Netanang 

      3 years ago

      I don't even know what to say, this made things so much eareis!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Oh, I use this red enchilada sauce with many of my Mexican food dishes. You have got to try my chili relleno recipe (the one in the picture)! Thanks for the comments!

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      vespawoolf 

      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I had to come here after seeing your beef enchilada recipe. This sounds delicious and healthy. Thank you!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thank you all of you!! It really was delicious and so easy to use in a variety of Mexican themed dishes we made! :) I'm so happy you all enjoyed it! Thank you for your comments.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub and recipe! I love enchiladas and red enchilada sauce. I love Mexican food and this sounds delicious. Can't wait to try your recipe.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Quick and Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce looks so delicious and simple to make.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      this looks easy and you made it easay to follow voted five stars and useful :)

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      Handicapped Chef 

      4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      voted up also shared it.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks to the both of you! This recipe was surprisingly delicious. I really enjoyed all of the leftovers too, as I ended up using them to make beef enchiladas. :) Yum! I'll be publishing that one tomorrow.

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      Denise Handlon 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      I found this recipe VERY helpful. Thanks for sharing. I'm bookmarking it for future use. UP/A/U/I and sharing.

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      Handicapped Chef 

      4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      I will be trying this one day ext week looks good very good......yum

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      It really was! We get something called Bountiful Baskets (you should check it out online to see if they have one in your area), where we get tons of great fruits and veggies every two weeks for a super small "donation." Lol

      We are always trying out new recipes trying to figure out how to use all of the interesting new ingredients we get in our baskets. :)

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a great sauce, Victoria. I like spicy foods. Thanks for teaching me something new, too. I've never heard of an Anaheim pepper before!

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Great, thanks!! I figured that before I published the rest of the recipes using this sauce, I'd better give everyone access to the red sauce recipe. lol

      Thank you for stopping by. I always love hearing your thoughts!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff, thank you.

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