Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Restaurant Sauce Recipe

There are many variations of this Enchilada Sauce Recipe, but this one is a favorite restaurant sauce recipe.

The word "enchilada" originally meant to season with chilies. Over time, because so many other recipes called for chili powder, "enchilada" now usually refers to a tortilla served with a chili-rich sauce, rather than the actual act of seasoning with chili powder.

This enchilada sauce can be used in dozens of different ways.

Of course you'll want to use it when you make enchiladas, but you'll also want to use it when you make the Three Bean Enchilada Chili, another favorite restaurant recipe on the website.

You can incorporate this enchilada recipe in making a delicious tortilla soup and some of the restaurant customers like to use the sauce with eggs at breakfast, instead of a salsa or Tabasco sauce, and some use it with certain beef entrees at dinner.

Carbs: Approximately 4.51 carbs per serving for 6 total servings.

Approximately 3.38 carbs per serving for 8 total servings

Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Restaurant Sauce Recipe

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Serves 6-8.



  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, olive oil or bacon drippings
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons flour (I use potato flour because it is gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder (Ancho chili powder, if you have it)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (I sometimes use taco sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or a little less) cayenne, optional
  • 4 cups beef stock (or chicken stock for chicken enchiladas)


  • Heat oil or bacon drippings in a skillet over low heat and saut√© the garlic, flour and oregano until golden in color
  • Add chili powder, 1 cup of beef stock, tomato paste and simmer for about 2-3 minutes
  • Add remaining stock, salt, white pepper and cayenne (if using)
  • Simmer for 20-30 minutes
  • Correct seasoning

Ole'! You're done!

Enjoy your Restaurant Sauce Recipe and the company of those you share it with!