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Enchilada Sauce Recipes

Enchilada Sauce Recipes

Homemade enchilada sauce tastes much better than the store-bought one. Here are some recipes for preparing authentic enchilada sauce at home.
Sonia Nair
A classic example of Mexican cuisine, enchiladas are now available in different types. This dish is served with different types of sauces and fillings. However, the traditional red enchilada sauce is the most popular one. Though it is easily available in stores, homemade enchilada sauce is always preferred. It is really easy to prepare the sauce, if you know the right recipe.

Red Enchilada Sauce

  • Roma tomatoes - 2
  • Ancho chilies - 12
  • Chiles de arbol - 4
  • Chopped onion - 1 small
  • Garlic cloves - 2
  • Cumin seeds - 1/8 tsp.
  • Mexican oregano - 1 tsp.
  • Salt - as per taste
How to Prepare

Wash and dry the chilies beforehand. Remove the seeds and veins of the chilies. Take a pan and toast the chilies, along with garlic, chopped tomatoes, and onion, over medium heat. Stir continuously, so as to prevent burning of the contents. Toast the contents for around five minutes, and remove from heat. Boil six cups of water in a pan, and add the toasted materials into it. Cook over medium heat for around 15 minutes. Once done, allow the mixture to cool. Blend the mixture, along with cumin. Run the blender for around two minutes, or till the mixture turns smooth. Strain it, and cook over medium heat, for another 15 minutes. Add the required amount of salt, and serve with your favorite enchilada.

Green Enchilada Sauce

  • Green tomatillos (fresh) - 1 pound
  • Jalapeno peppers (or serrano) - 4
  • Cilantro (fresh) - 1 bunch
  • White vinegar - 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves - 1
  • Lime - 1
  • Fresh parsley - 1 bunch
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Vegetable oil - 1 tbsp.
  • Spanish onion (yellow/white) - 1 medium
  • Cinnamon - 1 pinch
  • Nutmeg - 1 pinch
  • Sugar - 1 pinch
  • Salt and pepper - 1 tsp. each
How to Prepare

Wash and peel the tomatillos. Soak them in cold water for at least ten to twelve minutes. Puree the tomatillos with water. Once done, add the peppers, juice of the lime, vinegar, garlic, onion, and a handful of cilantro and parsley to the paste, and blend them once again. Run the blender, till a smooth paste is formed. You may find some tomatillo seeds in the mixture. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, pepper, and salt. Transfer the sauce to a pan, and cook over low heat for around 30 to 40 minutes. Your sauce is ready for use.

So, why go for store-bought enchilada sauce, when you can prepare it at home. Try these recipes for an authentic taste of Mexican cuisine.