Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce For All Your Latin Dishes

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Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce!

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce! #enchilada #sauce #Mexican | www.thefoodieaffair.com

I’m a pro at making Tomatillo Salsa Verde and love to add it to my meals, but can you believe that I’ve never made a red enchilada sauce?

I’ve been relying on a couple of popular ready made brands that I always see in my grocery store and they taste good, but I recently noticed they are made with not so desirable ingredients like soybean oil and modified food starch, which is not food.

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is made with simple ingredients and it’s easy to make!

Plus, the flavor is delicious!

If you want an enchilada sauce that will tempt you to use it in ways you never imagined (over scrambled eggs, as a dip for meatballs!), then you need to make this Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce!

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce! #enchilada #sauce #Mexican | www.thefoodieaffair.com

This recipe is from my friend Michelle who blogs over at A Dish of Daily Life.  Michelle recently had a serious surgical procedure done to alleviate some pain she has been dealing with, and thankfully she is recovering nicely, but it’s hard for her to keep the same pace she was used to prior to surgery.

When you have your own business there is no sick-pay or vacation days that you can pull from when you are forced to take a break.

All bloggers rely on traffic to pay for a multitude of things.  From the web hosting fees to the energy bill!  To help Michelle out several of her friends are sharing her recipes so she continues to get new eyes on her awesome recipes!

Have you tried her Southwestern Black Bean Corn Salad? I have and it’s fantastic!  You also might want to check out this Quick Beef Stew!  It looks like it would warm up some hungry bellies!

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce! #enchilada #sauce #Mexican | www.thefoodieaffair.com

A Dish of Daily Life has something for everyone!

MIchelle shares lots of healthy dishes as well as some tasty treats. I have my eye on this White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Fudge recipe!

For this Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce Michelle added carrots!  Carrots adds a natural sweetness that cools down the chili and it also acts as a thickener.

It’s always a good idea to sneak in extra veggies whenever you can!  Michelle says that this sauce can be made in advance and frozen.

I’m going to have to make a double batch because I didn’t have any left to freeze!

This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups of sauce.  I used it in place of the green sauce in this Skillet Chicken Enchiladas Recipe and also added it over burritos, which is a copycat of what Alan orders when we go out to a local taqueria.  So many options!

Give this recipe a try.  I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce! #enchilada #sauce #Mexican | www.thefoodieaffair.com

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 3-4 cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (I used 2 tbl butter and 2 tbl olive oil)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup chili powder (about 2¼ of chili packets - see photo)
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrot, and garlic. Saute until softened and fragrant (about 3-4 minutes).
  3. Stir in flour and chili powder and then add water slowly, stirring while adding it. Whisk until all ingredients are smooth. Stir in oregano and cumin.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Puree with an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a blender.
  6. Season to taste with salt.

Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce is the base for many Latin dishes. Simple to make with carrots and spices for a fresh tasting sauce! #enchilada #sauce #Mexican | www.thefoodieaffair.com

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17 Comments on Healthy Red Enchilada Sauce For All Your Latin Dishes

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    Katrin says:
    January 9, 2017

    This sauce looks incredible! It’s always so great to have a homemade sauce that you can just whip out and make anything taste AMAZING. I bet it freezes well, too!

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    January 9, 2017

    I need to make this soon. My daughter has food allergies and the canned stuff is a no go for us. I didn’t realize it was so easy!

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    January 9, 2017

    This sauce looks great! I love making my own enchilada sauce – it’s something that’s almost always in my fridge!

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    Jolina says:
    January 9, 2017

    This looks delightful! We love cooking Latin cuisine at home – I don’t do the cooking though (haha I wish) but my spouse would love this. A perfect complement to our favourite meals!

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    January 9, 2017

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! And this sauce sounds delightful! Gonna have to try it out… Thank you!

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    Liz Mays says:
    January 10, 2017

    That looks utterly fantastic! I like the idea of making my own so very much! It’s a money saver too.

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    Jamie says:
    January 10, 2017

    I’ve been meaning to try making my own enchilada sauce for a while now! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it out!

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    January 10, 2017

    Enchiladas are really big in this house! We love our Mexican food. I always buy the canned sauce, but I like the idea of making my own! Saves money and I get to know what is going into my food!

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    Emily says:
    January 10, 2017

    Yum! For some reason I always forget enchiladas as an option for dinner. They are so good! This is a great sauce recipe, thank you!

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    January 10, 2017

    Yum! This looks tasty! I would probably put this on everything! 🙂

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    Cecilia says:
    January 10, 2017

    What a great recipe. Now I can make my own enchilada sauce, great! Thanks for sharing.

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    January 10, 2017

    You’re so sweet posting your friends recipe! I love the idea behind this sauce. I wonder if I can find Mexican Oregano up here in Canada.

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    Jillian says:
    January 10, 2017

    Yum! I bet this tastes so good, can’t wait to try it!

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    January 11, 2017

    Thanks for this recipe as I can’t tell you number of times I thought to have enchiladas but did not want to make a special trip to the store just to get the sauce. Just pinned!

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    Lauren Conroy says:
    February 11, 2017

    This was my first time making enchilada sauce, and I’m so glad I took the time to make it myself rather than use a jarred sauce. This was so so so so good! I used a really cheap chili powder, so it had a strange bite to it – just added a little bit of sugar and it was perfect. Definitely a keeper!!

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      February 11, 2017

      Awesome! So glad you made this sauce from scratch! Wasn’t it easy to make and so delicious?!

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