Did you know that it is incredibly easy to make your own enchilada sauce? The process is quite simple and will be completed in under 15 minutes.
It’s actually cheaper, too! A 19 oz can of enchilada sauce will cost you around $2.50. A 15 oz can of tomato sauce will cost you between $1 and $2 depending on your brand preference. If you have a well stocked spice cabinet, you’re looking at less than $2 for approximately 2 C of enchilada sauce.
Another big benefit? No ingredients you can’t pronounce and you can adjust the spiciness to your perfect palate!
I haven’t purchased a single can of enchilada sauce since discovering this recipe! If I’m making enchiladas I can make the sauce quickly during the day and have it ready to go when it’s time to assemble the enchiladas. It can even be made a few days in advance, too. Or, if you’re proficient at canning, go ahead and make a big batch! Bonus points if you grow your own tomatoes to make your own tomato sauce. (You won’t find my black thumb winning those bonus points any time soon.)
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 minced onion (any variety will do)
- 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder, or to taste
- 1/2 tbsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
- 1/2 C water
- Heat olive oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the spices and stir to coat. Add in the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached.
*This recipe is adapted from Kristine at http://kristineskitchenblog.com/homemade-enchilada-sauce/*
The enchiladas pictured above include mashed sweet potato, pulled pork, and shredded cheese.