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spicy red enchilada sauce
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Spicy Red Enchilada Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • Heat the oil in a high sided pan or pot over medium heat.
  • Add the all-purpose flour and mix to combine with the oil.
  • Add the chili powder, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano. Mix well while allowing the ingredients to heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken broth and tomato sauce. Stir well to combine.
  • Continue to stir often until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency (5 to 10 minutes). 
  • Use immediately with enchiladas or as a dipping sauce. 


Want more heat and smokiness? Add more chipotle pepper. Want just more spiciness? Substitute in an additional 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or more, but start there) to the recipe and remove an equal portion of the chili powder. This will provide a bump in heat with a more neutral flavor profile than chipotle pepper.