Easy Enchilada Sauce | Cinco De Mayo Recipes

My personal recipe for enchilada sauce! This sauce can easily be made while your chicken bakes in the oven. Ingredients and Directions below!

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Enchilada sauce is a savory sauce poured over corn tortilla rollups (or flour tortilla rollups, it’s 2021 don’t judge). Mine has a tomato sauce base (Hunts Tomato Sauce) and uses an aromatic spice staple of Mexican cuisine; chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground cumin. I also throw in a Knorr Chicken Bouillon cube and 2 cups of water to bring this savory sauce to a simmer and then slightly thicken to coat our enchiladas.

Should you just buy a store bought can of enchilada sauce since you’re already just buying a store bought can of Hunts Tomato Sauce? No, you should not. Because the difference between a home made enchilada sauce (even if you are using Hunts as a base) and store bought enchilada sauces is HUGE. It’s not even worth comparing.

Oh and what I love about this sauce the most is that it’s a base recipe. Meaning if you want it spicy, add some cayenne and paprika. You can definitely season to taste at the end, and there’s no judging there either.

If you’d rather not use the bouillon you can use base (ep. Better Than Bouillon) or 2 cups of chicken broth in place of the Knorr and water. Just remember you may need to add 1 Tablespoon of salt if you go the chicken broth route.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients: (Makes Enough For 3Qt Baking Dish)

  • 1/4 Cup Cooking Oil.
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour.
  • 1/8 Cup Chili Powder.
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin.
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder.
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder.
  • 1 Knorr Chicken Bouillon Cube.
  • 8oz. Can of Hunts Tomato Sauce.
  • 2 Cups of Water.


  1. In a 10″ skillet on low heat add in oil then flour. Whisk flour in with oil to create a very simple roux, which should have a very light sizzle.
  2. Add in 1/4 Cup of Chili Powder and whisk together until fully combined.
  3. Add in 1 teaspoon of each; Ground Cumin, Onion Powder, and Garlic Powder. Whisk until fully combined. Remember we’re keeping our heat low we’re just waking our spices up a bit, not cooking them down.
  4. Add in Knorr Chicken Bouillon cube and whisk until fully combined.
  5. Increase heat a little and bring sauce to a light simmer. Add in 1 Cup of Water then half of an 8oz. can of Hunts Tomato Sauce. Whisk until it thickens some.
  6. Repeat Step 5; Add in 1 Cup of Water and the rest of your Hunts Tomato Sauce can. Whisk until it thickens some.
  7. Increase heat some more and bring sauce to a simmer. Whisk and make sure all ingredients are fully combined, then bring temperature back down to low.
  8. Pour sauce over enchiladas and enjoy!

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