The Speckled Palate

April 20, 2016

Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will be a hit with anyone who loves heat. This gluten free, vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

When I was growing up, I must’ve binged on one too many crunchy tacos because I didn’t really like TexMex or Mexican food.

However, that didn’t stop me from frequenting the local Mexican restaurant with friends after church on Sundays, bingeing on white queso dip and quesadillas.

During my college years, I’d visit the TexMex place just off campus for happy hour with friends. Because everyone knows two-for-one margaritas are always a good idea. (A-hahahaha.)

And when I lived in Mississippi, I discovered my love for hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants and fall-apart tender chicken tacos.

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

Since moving to Texas, I’ve realized that younger Erin was wrong. TexMex is delightful! There are so many places around town that offer good eats that it’s hard to choose the wrong one.

In addition to trying all the TexMex and Mexican restaurants we can find (and frequenting the best ones at least once a week), I’ve learned how to make some of our favorite dishes at home, too.

Even though I have no Mexican recipes passed down the line from my great grandmother, I find it fun having my own way to make a certain dish, whether or not its components and flavors are traditional.

We all love fusion cuisine, right?

So this is me stirring the cultural flavor pot a little bit.

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

Enchilada sauce is one of those components of a dish we all know and love. But before a few years ago, I’d always used enchilada sauce from a can, thinking it was more fuss than it was worth to make on my own.

I didn’t realize how easy it was to make enchilada sauce at home… and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce goes beautifully on all kinds of enchiladas. It adds some heat and smokiness to enchiladas, and we’ve found this recipe is utterly delightful. You can also use it like a salsa, on a taco, on nachos, or more!

That said, if you’re not into a spicy sauce that makes your eyes water a bit as you eat it, this recipe is not for you.

Here’s how I make it:

Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Yield: 2 ½ cups of sauce

Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think. Combine chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic with salt, cumin, red pepper flakes and chipotle pepper powder in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook until the tomatoes break down, then blend together and strain to create this sauce. Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped (about 8-10 tomatoes)
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chile pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, measure in the tomatoes, onion, garlic and spices.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes have broken down.
  3. Pour the sauce into a blender (or use an immersion blender). Blend until smooth.
  4. Strain the sauce with a fine mesh strainer so there are no tomato seeds or skins in the sauce. Transfer the smooth sauce into a bowl or a jar and refrigerate until use.

Notes

This sauce will stay good in the refrigerator for a few days. It also freezes well in a freezer-safe container for up to two months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5 servings

Serving Size:

½ cup sauce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 858mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Enchilada sauce is easier to make than you think, and this Spicy Homemade Enchilada Sauce will a hit with anyone who loves heat with their enchiladas. This vegan sauce is perfect for topping enchiladas, as well as tacos, nachos and more!

How do you feel about TexMex and Mexican cuisine?

Have you ever made enchilada sauce at home?


6 Comments

  1. Rachel

    Ok this made me hungry, which is not fair because I am having a protein shake. Perhaps, I should have stopped by around dinner time instead. Yes, the young one in you was so wrong.

    It is good to know that this freezes. I wouldn’t have thought that it could. Looks great. Thank you.

  2. Carlee

    What? Two for one margaritas isn’t always a good idea?! I love Mexican inspired food and have recently come around to loving enchiladas. I will have to give your sauce a try!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Allie! I didn’t make my own until a few years back, so I know how it goes… but it’s so easy! And I know you can do it!

  3. Keith @ How's it Lookin?

    Looks so good. Enchiladas are definitely one of my favorite foods, thanks for sharing

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Keith! Enchiladas are one of my favorites, too, and I hope you enjoy this sauce!

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