Homemade Healthy Enchilada Sauce

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How to Make Homemade Healthy Enchilada Sauce

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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!


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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
  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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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

10 comments on “Homemade Healthy Enchilada Sauce”

  1. You say a large can of low sodium crushed tomatoes. How many ounces would a large can be?

  2. 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?

    • I have not tried canning this recipe so I can’t say for sure.

      • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Do you have a Green Enchilada sauce recipe?

  5. woo, this looks delicious, thanks so much for sharing the recipe

  6. 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!!

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