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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

If you follow our blog, you know that mexican is a favorite of ours...this is where it all started for me. When I was growing up,  my mom always made her own enchilada sauce from scratch, in fact I didn't know that you could buy it in the store. It has always been my favorite Enchilada Sauce...so much that I made up my own recipe for canning so that I could make it in bulk and keep bottles of it handy on my shelves to use for a quick meal. We use this scrumptious sauce for almost every recipe that calls for enchilada sauce (there are times that I need a HOTTER sauce, so I use the store bought canned). We make Enchilada's, Stacked Taco's, Grandma's Rip up Taco's and many more (if you are interested in any of these recipes...leave a comment and I will post those recipes as well) yummy mexican/american dishes with this sauce.
Try it...I don't think you will ever go back to the store bought stuff again. 
This recipe makes enough for dinner...I will post the LARGE recipe for canning in August when we are all in the "canning mode". 

Enchilada Sauce
5 c. tomato juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 T chili powder
1 T salt
1/4 c. sugar
dash of oregano
dash of cinnamon
shake of ketchup
1/4 c. cornstarch for thickening, mix with water until it makes a semi-thin paste.

Add all ingredient, EXECPT for the thickening, into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then add thickening, a little at a time, until its thick enough (if you want your sauce thicker, make more thickening...if you want it thinner, don't add as much). Turn down heat and stir for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and use it on your favorite mexican dish. 

* If I am using this for dinner, I often add cooked ground beef  to the sauce. 

Happy cooking~


  1. I've never made my own enchilada sauce...this looks yummy! Now you have me craving Mexican food!

  2. Looks so good! Please post those other recipes that you use this sauce with :) Love your blog!

  3. Sounds really good and not really that hard to make! Looks like I've been missing out over here-I scrolled down and looked at everything though-Yummy gonna have to print some recipes;)

  4. Oh, wow! Thanks for posting this. I am looking for a home made green enchilada sauce to make and love. If you know of anything I would love it!