Blender Enchilada Sauce - This is our go-to recipe for enchiladas and other Mexican-themed foods. It's quick and easy, and there's NO need for any flour!
As a kid, my mom, dad, and I would often trek over to our favorite little Mexican food restaurant for dinner.
I'd order a beef taco, cheese enchilada, rice, and beans. It was my favorite meal!
When I first became pregnant with Jade, my husband and I traveled from Tucson back to Mesa so that I could have that same dinner.
I've tried to recreate those enchiladas in the past, but have always come up short with the red sauce.
This recipe, however, is the closest thing I've come to nailing that same taste I loved as a kid.
Most enchilada sauces contain flour, which helps with thickening, but I don't find it necessary.
The elimination of flour also makes this recipe more allergy-friendly with our family (and hopefully some of yours!).
Ingredients and substitutions
- Tomato PUREE - Puree is different than sauce, in that it is thicker. If you'd like to use tomato sauce, see the Recipe Notes below.
- Chili powder
- Chipotle powder - This is the one I use.
- Sea salt
- Cayenne - Optional; I like mine spicy!
How to make it
This recipe is very easy; just measure, blend, and pour!
I typically measure out the tomato puree and water in a pint-sized pitcher and add everything to a blender from there.
How to serve
I have myriad Mexican recipes on the blog that would be perfect accompaniments to this sauce (enchiladas coming soon!).
Some of our favorites include:
This is the tomato puree I use. Tomato sauce is much thinner, so be sure to use puree. If you use tomato sauce, omit the water and use two cups TOTAL sauce.
The recipe should be blended, not just stirred. This process not only incorporates the garlic, but it also thickens the sauce.
Blender Enchilada Sauce (NO Flour!)
- 1 cup tomato puree see Recipe Notes above
- 1 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- dash cayenne , depending on your preference for 'heat'
- Blend all until smooth.
- Use as directed in whatever recipe you're following.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!