Homemade Enchilada Sauce

We’re super basic and do “Taco Tuesday” almost every single week. It makes meal planning so much easier when I know exactly what we’re going to cook. Even though we call it Taco Tuesday sometimes we switch it up and we don’t do tacos, instead we do something like enchiladas or burritos. So technically I guess it should be Mexican Tuesdays but that doesn’t sound nearly as good as Taco Tuesday so we continue to call it Taco Tuesday!

One of our go-to meals for Taco Tuesday is an enchilada casserole. We’ve done it a couple of ways, once with chicken and another time a vegetarian alternative with just black beans as the protein. The first time we made it, I thought it was a keeper but we were a little unimpressed with the flavoring. We decided that the problem must be the store bought enchilada sauce so I decided instead of buying enchilada sauce next time I was going to make it. I figured, how hard could it be? Turns out the answer is NOT HARD AT ALL. In fact I thought it would be a little more complicated than it was.

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This easy homemade enchilada sauce comes together super quick and can be customized to your taste buds. I would consider this a mild sauce which is perfect for our kids who aren’t quite ready for the spiciest enchilada sauce we can make! This recipe makes quite a bit so I suggest using any leftovers to make a quick and easy enchilada chicken freezer meal (recipe coming soon).

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce


1/2 cup avocado oil
4 tablespoons self-rising flour
1/2 cup chili powder
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt to taste


  1. In a medium sized sauce pan heat 1/2 cup avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in 4 tablespoons self-rising flour and 1/2 cup chili powder. Lower heat to medium and stir until sauce becomes it becomes lightly brown. Be sure to stir the sauce occasionally.
  3. Slowly stir in 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, 3 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon onion powder until smooth.
  4. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  5. Add salt to taste.

You can spice this up by adding jalapenos or using homemade habanero powder. If you love Taco Tuesday like we do you’ll also love making your own tortillas! It’s a little more time consuming but a tortilla press really speeds things up and is worth every penny!

What will you make with your homemade enchilada sauce?

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