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Authentic Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Learn how to make this authentic red enchilada sauce. It's super delicious and so easy to make!

Course Main Course, Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada sauce, red enchilada sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 50 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 8 dried guajillo chilies cleaned with stems and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 piece onion white
  • 1/4 Abuelita chocolate tablet
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil


  1. Bring chiles and about 4 cups of water to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for about 10 minutes or until softened.
  2. Transfer the chiles, 2 1/2 cups of the chile water, the garlic, and onion to a blender and blend for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to a pot over medium heat.

  4. When oil is hot strain the sauce into the pot and stir.

  5. Add the chocolate to the pot and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for about 10-15 min.

  6. Stir the sauce and season with salt to taste.

  7. Remove from heat. Once cool store any leftovers in a container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure the chilies aren't hard and brittle.
  • Always wash your hands after working with dried chilies. You can wear gloves if you wish.
  • Do experiment with different chiles so you can find out what your favorite combination is for your perfect enchilada sauce. (We all have different tastes!)
Nutrition Facts
Authentic Enchilada Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 19mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.