Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

  • Author: Christine Mello
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A mixture of tomato sauce, vegetable broth plus Mexican spices creates a thick Mexican-Style Red Enchilada Sauce that’s great for enchiladas, tamales, Mexican lasagna and more!



  • 1 (15-ounce) can all-natural tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp mild chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  • 11/2 cups vegetable broth


  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Add vegetable broth to tomato mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Use immediately or allow to cool then store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup

Keywords: enchilada sauce, red, easy