How to Make Authentic Enchilada Sauce

by Alexandria Duran

My family and I love this sauce. It's delicious and makes amazing cheese enchiladas and is a great topping for french fries!


  • 1 Pounds Red chili pods
  • 1 Cookie sheet
  • 1 Large pot
  • 1 Blender
  • Garlic
  • 1 Wire strainer
  • 1 Spoon
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Consomé (Chichen bouillon)
  • 1 Coffee mug
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    The chili pods. I like to get hot and mild and mix the two. I like my sauce with just a little heat.

    Step 2

    Now, clean out the seeds and remove the stem. It's best to use a little pairing knife.

    Step 3

    Here are the stems and seeds.

    Step 4

    Now, rinse out the pods.

    Step 5

    At this point you want to open them up. This ensures all of the pods get rinsed and all of the seeds are gone.

    Step 6

    Here are all of my pods cleaned and opened.

    Step 7

    Put them in a large pot.

    Step 8

    Add water and bring to a boil.

    Step 9

    It takes about an hour or so to get the pods soft. Make sure you are checking the pods and the water level.

    Step 10

    Here's another picture of what they should look like

    Step 11

    Blending time! I use tongs to help me add the pods to the blender. You don't want to add too many pods, a little goes a long way.

    Step 12

    Add a garlic clove.

    Step 13

    Add some water from the pot.

    Step 14

    And blend!

    Step 15

    Blend until it appears smooth.

    Step 16

    While the chili is blending, place the wire strainer over one of the mixing bowls.

    Step 17

    Add the chili purée to the wire strainer

    Step 18

    Strain the chili like in the video.

    Step 19

    You want to separate the sauce from the unblended chili skins.

    Step 20

    Repeat the blending and straining until you've done all of the chili. At this point you can prep the sauce or you can freeze it.

    Step 21

    Here are the chili skins.

    Step 22

    In the same large pot (washed and dried) cover the bottom with oil.

    Step 23

    Add a few tablespoons of flour to make a rue.

    Step 24

    Let it cook and get brown. Mix it constantly so it doesn't burn.

    Step 25

    Add the chili sauce and mix.

    Step 26

    Here is the consomé or chicken bouillon I like to use. You want to add a tablespoon at a time. There are no exact measurements, it's all about taste. Mix in a few tablespoons, try the sauce. Repeat.

    Step 27

    Once you are happy with the taste you can make enchiladas, pour over burritos, or pour over french fries and cover with cheese. Yum!

    Step 28

    Check out my guide on how to make enchiladas using this sauce! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy!