Make It From Scratch: Easy Enchilada Sauce

In my pursuit of healthier eating, I’m slowly making more and more of our favorite processed foods at home. Especially things that are commonly filled with sugar, salt, msg and/or preservatives. Not only do I cut out all the extra junk, but it’s often tastier and more frugal! 


One of the first switches I made was our enchilada sauce. I couldn’t find any canned sauces that didn’t have extra junk. I’m sure they exist, but not in the regular grocery stores I shop in!  After a few tries, I found my go-to recipe. I don’t know how ‘authentic’ it is, but we love it! I typically use it in my enchilada casserole as I’m too lazy to make actual enchiladas! 

EASY ENCHILADA SAUCE 1 T olive oil1/2 small onion, diced2 garlic cloves, minced1/2 t oregano2 1/2 t chili powder1/2 t basil 1/8 t black pepper1/8 t salt1/4 t cumin1 t parsley 1/4 t smoked paprika1/4 C salsa (whatever your favorite is)1 15 oz tomato sauce1/2 C water In a saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add in the diced onion and cook for 2 minutes.  Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. 

Mix in all the spices and cook for one more minute.

Add in the salsa and tomato sauce and water.

Bring to simmer and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes.  Use in your favorite recipes! Makes about 2 cups of sauce. 

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