15-minute enchilada sauce! Yes it’s true! Say goodbye to canned enchilada sauce and hello to a easy, virtually effortless sauce. Simply throw the ingredients together in one pan, simmer and can be used in any recipe calling for enchilada sauce.

Who here is not a fan of canned enchilada sauce?

*raises both hands*

15-Minute Enchilada Sauce

I have said it before, canned enchilada sauce is not something I buy, ever. I’ve made my own or found an alternative wayThat’s why I made this from scratch version a few years ago. But I don’t always have time to roast tomatoes, toast spices and puree. Making true, from scratch enchilada sauce is time consuming. Roast tomatoes, sauté onions and toast spices… then puree. It’s delicious, just not as simple as 15 minutes.

ingredients for 15-Minute Enchilada Sauce

It was time to come up with a enchilada red sauce that took lest time, so this is my semi-from-scratch shortcut version. A delicious 15-minute enchilada sauce.

tomato sauce and spices in pan

I’m in the process of testing a few enchilada recipes (eep!) and wanted an quick and easy enchilada sauce to go with it. I kind of threw this together and jotted it down in my notebook as I went. I loved how the spices meld perfectly and the aroma of the sauce while it simmers away on my stove. It’s easy-peasy and fifteen minutes is all you need.

stir to combine and simmer

What you get with this 15-minute enchilada sauce is a simple, robust and flavorful sauce. Everything you would want in an enchilada sauce. I simmer tomato puree, not to be confused with tomato sauce, with chicken broth and dried herbs and spices like garlic and onion powder, chipotle powder, cumin, oregano and salt. This sauce is so easy you’ll never buy store bought again. Feel free to use wherever you need enchilada sauce.

I’ve used it in a summer vegetable breakfast skillet and have a few recipes I’m going to try. Besides enchiladas, what else do you like to use enchilada sauce in? I would loved to know!

15-Minute Enchilada Sauce

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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15-minute Enchilada Sauce

15-minute enchilada sauce! This sauce is thrown it all together in one pan, simmered and can be used in any recipe calling for enchilada sauce.


  • 15 ounces canned tomato puree
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled in your hand
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more or less to taste


  • Combine everything in a 10-inch skillet. Whisk to combine and heat on medium-low and bring to a bubble. Reduce to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Serving: 1recipe, Calories: 29kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1757mg, Potassium: 208mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 341IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 2mg