|Super Easy Enchilada Sauce|
So, the Chile Colorado Burrito recipe remains my top post, with over 2,000,000 page views. One of the main themes in the many comments I've received is about the fact that I use canned enchilada sauce. That's what I use, so that's what I posted--detractors have always been welcome to make their own sauce. I only write recipes as I do them. I have considered making a homemade enchilada sauce before, but I honestly just never felt like it.
Well, my hand has been forced, as I am starting to think about and prep recipes for this year's food competition at the Iowa State Fair. The Tone's spice company has a huge competition, and one of them is titled "Favorite Tones Everyday Family Recipe," and first prize is $2,000. So, obviously, now is the time to make a homemade sauce using Tone's spices. I had to use my favorite (non-Tone's) chile powder, though, because, well, it's my favorite, and nothing can compare.
So far the sauce is really delicious, and I have some stew meat cooking in my practice batch right now. (Pics to follow.) It really was extrememly easy to make, sooo...good news all you critics! I plan to make my own enchilada sauce from now on for my Chile Colorado Burritos. I'm still going to leave the recipe as-is in my blog post, though, since most people who like the recipe enjoy it for the ease. They throw it in the crock pot, go to work, and they have a fabulous hot meal at the end of the day. I'm not going to mess with that.
Easy Enchilada Sauce
--Adapted from Allrecipes.com
- · 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- · 1/4 cup all purpose flour (I used Better Batter Gluten Free AP Flour)
- · 1/2 cup New Mexico red chile powder (I like Bueno Special Reserve)
- · 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- · 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- · 1 teaspoon onion salt
- · 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
- · 3 cups water
- · 3 teaspoons beef base (or 3 beef bullion cubes)
In a large heavy bottomed pot or in a Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the flour and chile powder. Stir, and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, garlic powder, and onion salt. Then stir in the tomato sauce and water. Add the beef base and stir to incorporate. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
Now the sauce is ready for you to use in any recipe calling for enchilada sauce.
Makes about 5 cups of sauce.
Recipe can be halved.