Why make enchilada sauce from scratch?
I love making dips and sauces from scratch and avoiding the canned stuff as much as possible.
When the canned goods have tons of artificial colours, flavours, added oil and sugar, it just makes sense to make your own. Especially when it’s THIS easy!
In only 15 minutes, with minimal prep work you can have an absolutely delicious, perfectly spicy Mexican red sauce. Plus, when you make it yourself, you have full control on the level of spiciness.
As an added bonus, this enchilada sauce recipe is not only vegan, but it’s gluten free, soy free, nut free and very allergen friendly.
How to make homemade enchilada sauce
This recipe for Mexican enchilada sauce really couldn’t get much easier.
Gather your ingredients:
- Jalapenos, anywhere from 1-3 depending on your spice tolerance. For a mild sauce, stick to 1 jalapeno and remove the seeds. For medium, 1-2 jalapenos with the seeds and for hot, use 3 jalapenos and their seeds.
- Low sodium vegetable broth (or skip the salt if using regular sodium)
- Tomato paste
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Corn starch to thicken, optional depending on your use for the sauce.
Finely chop your jalapeno and add them to a small sauce pot with a tablespoon or two of the vegetable broth.
Sauté for a couple minutes, until softened.
Then add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer until slightly reduced and thickened, approx 8 minutes.
Serve your vegan enchilada sauce with all of your favourite Mexican dishes, or any dish that could use a little spice.
How long does it keep?
Any leftover sauce will keep in a sealed jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Alternatively, you may freeze for up to 1 month.
How to use enchilada sauce
You can add this sauce to any dish that you’d like to kick up a notch, but one of my very favourites is this Veggie Enchilada Casserole.
More Mexican favourites!
- Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Walnut Cheese Sauce
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Oil Free Mexican Inspired Taco Buddha Bowl
- Instant Pot Mexican Casserole
- 3 Minute Easy Guacamole
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- 1-3 jalapenos very finely chopped
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp corn starch to thicken, OPTIONAL
- Add the jalapeno with a tablespoon or two of your broth to a small saucepan and sauté for 2 minutes.
- Add all remaining ingredients, mix well and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 8 minutes until slightly reduced.
- Use in your favourite Mexican dishes.