Friday, January 13, 2012

Bulk Cooking: 20-Minute Enchilada Sauce ~ A Recipe

With this babe of mine due in eight short weeks, I find myself wanting to squirrel away as much food as possible to fall back on during that season in Infantland.  Buying enchilada sauce has been one of the last store-bought sauces found in our pantry, and I just couldn't bear buying another jar.  This recipe is quick, rich, and freezes really well.  I'm freezing mine in pint-sized mason jars; the perfect amount for a pan o' enchiladas (a very good freezer meal, while we're on the subject) and there may be some some to spare to make dressing for a tasty enchilada salad.

20-Minute Enchilada Sauce
Makes 6 cups
  1. In a large pot, heat fat of choice over medium-high heat until melted.  Meanwhile, whisk arrowroot powder in water until smooth.  Add to fat.  Add chili powder & stir for about half a minute.  The arrowroot will get really gelatinous.  Don't let it scare you.
  2. Whisk in all remaining ingredients except the salt in the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stir in salt.  Pour in prepared 1/2-pint or 1-pint mason jars & allow to cool.  Fasten the lids and freeze until you're ready to use.


  1. I am printing this right now!! I have been so frustrated with all the recipes for this sauce I have found as they all, undoubtly, contain something nasty that I am not willing to use. And much like you, this sauce has been one of the last remaining canned items I had been continuing to buy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I hope you like it! :)

  3. I love that this makes tons. Would you say about a quart total? With my huge family tons is what I need. This is simpler than the one I make.

  4. It makes about a quart and a half. Yay for huge families! :)

  5. This looks great! I LOOOOVE Mexican food so much but haven't made enchiladas in ages because I didn't want to use the store-bought sauce. Thanks for posting!

  6. Your enchilada sauce is my favorite!! Thanks so much for sharing, and how great is it that it makes a ton?! Love having it ready for use in the freezer!

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