Thursday, March 12, 2009

Enchilada Sauce

I love making enchilada sauce because I can make it as mild or spicy as I want. THis sauce freeze wonderfully.

Enchilada Sauce
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 cloves Garlic
¾ small Onion
½ teaspoon Oregano
¼ teaspoons Chili powder
½ teaspoon Crushed Red Peppers
½ teaspoon Basil
¼ teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Parsley
2 teaspoon Cilantro
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup Tomato Puree
1 ¼ cup Diced Tomatoes
1 ½ cups water

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the pepper and sauté for a few minutes more. Add the spices, tomato puree, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Place in blender and blend to desired texture.

Makes 3 cups sauce.


  1. I'm going to make this because Tatum won't eat enchiladas made with store bought sauce - too spicy. What should I do to make this recipe mild? Just cut the chili powder?

  2. One more thing - what do you freeze your sauces in? I usually use glass pyrex containers, but I was wondering if you had another non-plastic solution.

  3. That is why I started making it. I would cut out the chili powder and crushed red peppers to make it less spicy. Or just add a small amount so it has a bit of spice and she can get use to it.
    I use the pyrex containers in the freezer. I have a ton but now they have come out with spill prof/air tight lids for them. So I have bought a few to see if they are better for keeping things longer in the freezer. I have seen stainless steal freezer containers but I do not have any.

  4. How do you make your tomato puree? I just found your blog through Montessori Free Fall (Steph from above comments). I'm all about trying to change our eating habits to become as natural as possible.

  5. When I have enough homegrown tomatoes I will cut them in half and put them in the food processor to puree. I am all for easy so I do not boil, skin, or take out the seeds. When I do not have enough I buy organic tomato puree in a class jar at our local grocery store.

  6. Thanks, Jenifer. Oh and we made the potpie and loved it.