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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Aside from our delicious Saturday morning breakfast, we spent ninety percent of our time away from the house. Between Saturday house showings and a Sunday open house, we decided to have a little hotel vacation 😉 We also attended a triple birthday party! Daddy & both daughter’s celebrated their March b-day’s just days apart. M inhaled the delicious Georgetown Cupcakes.

Thanks for the pics Elyse 🙂

Having spent zero time in the kitchen, I dove into my recipe archives and picked out one of my favorites to share once again with you.

When it comes to enchiladas, I’m super picky. I can honestly say I have no idea what the canned stuff taste like.

Here’s my family recipe for Authentic Enchilada Sauce……..

Being of Hispanic decent, I grew up eating the best Mexican food there is. Homemade tortillas were the weekend norm, and anytime we had company I knew exactly what my mom was making.

The complete dinner would be enchiladas with beef sauce, homemade spanish rice, frijoles al la charra (soupy beans), and bunuelos for dessert (fried dough with honey & ice cream.) Everything was made from scratch. It was heavenly.


The secret to these enchiladas is the sauce. The sauce is the most labor intensive part of the dish. The sauce is what makes this dish a success.

When I make these, I always try to make the sauce the day before. The longer the sauce cooks, the better the flavors get.



What I quickly learned when making this dish is that the sauce needs constant stirring. I stand in the kitchen, and stir, and stir, and stir.

You’ll feel like your arm might fall off… but its worth it…

Never overfill the tortillas. Too much filling with over do it.


When you roll the enchiladas, make sure to roll them tight. They will seem smaller than your normal restaurant enchiladas.



If you have time… make these… this weekend… or today… or tomorrow… it will make your tummy happy. Promise!

These are incredible and delicious! This dish always brings me back to my childhood days!


  • Corn tortillas (one package of 30)
  • 1 lb of Longhorn Colby Cheese shredded
  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat
  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (if you want chicken enchiladas)
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • about 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 5 tablespoons red chili powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons pepper


In small bowl combine grated cheese and onion ( set asisde) In a one quart pyrex cup, mix flour, red chili powder, salt, and pepper. The color of the mixture will determine how spicy gravy will taste. The more orange the mixture the spicier the gravy.  Add about 2 cups of water to mixture and mix with a whisk or fork until smooth and liquid.Pour mixture into a 2 qrt sauce pan and add water until sauce is light. Over the course of cooking, I add about 6 cups of water.Cook at medium heat for about 1 hour until sauce is thick and creamy. You want to stir constantly so the flour won’t clump.Cook & drain hamburger meat, add to Enchilada sauce.Place Enchilada sauce on low simmer until ready to pour over enchiladas.     In shallow frying pan, bring canola oil to medium heat.   .Place tortilla in oil just long enough to soften. You want to dip tortilla in oil for about 3 seconds only.Place tortillas in pyrex or metal oven pan, Place a tiny amount chicken, and a little over one tablespoon of cheese and onion mix in tortillas and roll them, then sprinkle cheese over enchiladas.Pour Enchilada sauce over prepared enchiladas and heat in oven at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.



What dish reminds you of your childhood? Enchiladas and homemade tortillas do it for me every time! Except now I can have a margarita with it 😉

17 Responses

  1. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on March 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Wow my enchiladas are far from authentic. I would love to have you over to make some of these for me. 😉

  2. Elizabeth@The Sweet Life said on March 21, 2011 at 8:35 am

    She’s beautiful!!!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet said on March 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Been dying to make my own sauce for years! I need to try this.

  4. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on March 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

    This is on my list already to make this week! I want chili cheese enchiladas and I made the chili last night! I can’t wait!

  5. Aunt Cindy said on March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Forty three years as a Valadez and I have never made the original version. Shame on me!! Takes me back to south Texas, on our visits from Houston, and the request for your grandmother to make homemade enchiladas. Excuse me; I’m drooling! 😉

  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on March 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I am drooling…I live enchiladas and need them on a weekly basis!

  7. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on March 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never had authentic enchiladas. Those look so good.

    PS Look how long M’s hair has gotten! It’s so cute. I love seeing her grow up on here. 🙂

  8. Sarah said on March 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Last Thursday, we had pasta, bruschetta, and delmonico steak. That REALLY reminded me of my childhood (it was one of our fancy meals, of course.)

  9. Maria said on March 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    She is too cute! Love the homemade sauce!

  10. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said on March 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I needed a good sauce recipe!!!! fantastic! Thanks girl! <3

  11. Anne @ Baking Me said on March 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I have been wanting to make a homemade enchilada sauce. This looks great!

  12. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on March 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Why does M look so grown up in that first picture!

  13. Anne@butterandbear said on March 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Do you think the sauce would be good without meat? We are vegetarians, but I absolutely love enchilada’s.

  14. Estela - Weekly Bite said on March 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Absolutely!! You can omit meat all together or add soy ‘meat’ crumbles 🙂

  15. Jess@atasteofconfidence said on March 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    What a cute post cupcake pic!

  16. Anne Marie said on March 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Your enchiladas look waaay better than mine!!! Also, M is soo grown up!!

  17. Granny Deb said on March 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Beautiful pictures……..