Mexican food is, to me, an anytime-comfort food, but especially in the summer when you can eat it on a patio with a cold margarita and a few gallons of guacamole. If, like me, you have an unhealthy preoccupation with making your own condiments* just the way you like them – free of added sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors – then this is this enchilada sauce for you.
The point of this recipe isn’t the enchiladas themselves
because far be it for me to tell you how to make your enchiladas <— ok that’s a bit of an overstatement; I’ll probably post my recipe for my favorite chicken and spinach enchiladas for you sometime, but not today. Today we’ll focus solely on the sauce which, really, can make or break an enchilada. But one of the many benefits of making enchilada sauce yourself is that you can tweak it to your liking: make it smokier, or sweeter, or spicier or saltier if that’s what makes your enchiladas perfect.
Once you’ve perfected the sauce, use it liberally. Pour a generous layer on the bottom of the pan, then dip the tortillas (gluten free or grain free, if you prefer, but the grain free ones don’t soak up the sauce as well, I’ve found) in the sauce before filling and rolling them, and finally, drizzle a little bit more sauce over the top of the enchiladas before you pop them in the oven. No chance of bland or dry enchiladas here.
So, I’ll bet I know what you’re thinking right now: that this magical sauce must take hours of slaving over a hot stove in the blazing heat of summer to make. Well, gee. That’s harsh! I thought you knew that I would never perform such a cruel bait-and-switch on you. This sauce is the real deal: not only is it delicious, customizable, gluten free, vegan, paleo and easy, it also takes less than 30 minutes to make!
- One 28-ounce jar tomato puree not crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup water more or less as needed
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- A few dashes Tabasco sauce optional, or to taste
Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Cover and bring to a simmer.
Remove the top and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
Cool completely before serving or storing.