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Quick and Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Here’s a quick and easy red enchilada sauce that you can make in a skillet–in no time at all! 

quick and easy red enchilada sauce

What’s so speedy about this particular Tex-Mex enchilada sauce is that it’s made in one skillet. No blender needed. Instead of dried chiles, this sauce is made with chili powder. Chili powder, with an “i”, to differentiate from chiles, or ground chile pepper, with an “e”. Chili powder is a blend of ground red chiles, along with cumin, garlic, oregano, and other spices.


This quick and easy red enchilada sauce is made with vegetable broth and tomato vegetable juice. It’s thickened with a gluten-free roux of cornmeal and avocado oil, and well seasoned with fresh garlic.

letty and carlos on beach for quick and easy red enchilada sauce

Robbie and I are down in south Texas, hanging out at the beach. It’s about 80 degrees with a light breeze, and about 90 degrees humidity. Warm and sultry. South Padre Island. You might say that Robbie is addicted to kitesurfing and that’s why we’re here. But I don’t mind. A dig of the feet in the sand is always good for the soul.

The bars on the island already have their banners up–advertising 2:1 margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. Not. We’ll be celebrating at home—eating Mexican food and drinking pink hibiscus margaritas.

Hold on to your sombrero—you are going to go crazy for these chile relleno enchurritos, which are enchiladas made with flour tortillas, and moistened with red enchilada sauce.

Quick and Easy Red Enchilada Sauce recipe notes:

  • Easy and quick red enchilada sauce is not truly authentic. For the real deal, find my authentic red enchilada sauce recipe here.
  • For Mexican spaghetti squash, stir this sauce into pinto beans and ladle it onto baked spaghetti squash–recipe here.
  • Another recipe idea, with a story of Cinco de Mayo–chard and pepper jack quesadillas.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend–get in the kitchen and cook something spicy!

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Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Red Enchilada Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 333mg14%
Potassium 150mg4%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 17.5mg21%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 comment

  • […] Using canned green chiles along with canned (or instant) black beans, these enchurritos come together quickly. When I don’t have time to make the sauce myself, I’ll use canned enchilada sauce as well. (For emergencies, there’s always a can of enchilada sauce in our pantry. For this batch though, I used my quick homemade enchilada sauce.) […] Reply · 13 June, 2016

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