Homemade Healthy Enchilada Sauce

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homemade enchilada sauce

This is an awesome recipe for a healthier version of Enchilada sauce!  Instead of flour and tomato paste, this sauce uses canned tomatoes and the sauce is simmered to thicken up.  I always use the lower sodium tomatoes!


Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Author Holly


  • 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion , Diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic , Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons each chili powder & cumin and 1 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • 1 Large Can of Low Sodium Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Broth or Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon each Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of Finely chopped cilantro

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  1. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan.
  2. Add onions and garlic and stir until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients except cilantro
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer covered for 15 minutes
  5. Remove cover and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, blend using a hand blender until smooth and stir in cilantro.
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  1. Have you ever frozen this sauce? Or canned it? Would pouring it into a canning jar hot (so it would seal) and keeping it in the fridge be OK?

      1. Doesn’t matter, I’ll just freeze the rest. This is the BEST red enchilada sauce I have ever had1
        I used some of the sauce leftover from the crock pot enchiladas (amazing and going into the rotation!) to make “enchilada bread” for a Super Bowl gathering Mixed cooked chicken, shredded pepper jack and some of the sauce rolled up in a “canned” pizza dough and baked. More sauce for dipping. It was a hit.

  2. I’m a fan of making sauces from scratch rather than buying them off a shelf. This one is definitely going on the list of one of my favourites! And so is your website :) Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. Thanks for the recipe share; I was actually searching the web looking for an Enchilada Sauce recipe – and so far, this one is the best!!