Cooking Classics: Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

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The Technique

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Traditional Mexican recipes such as Authentic Beef Enchiladas deserve hand crafted elements so they can taste their very best. Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce is a rich & flavorful component that comes together quickly & may be prepared in advance, if desired, to use at your convenience. A well seasoned roux thickens beautifully while allowing the spices to mellow. Learn how to make this essential sauce you’ll reach for time & time again. 

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Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce
makes 3 1/2 cups

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 {8-oz} cans tomato sauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dark brown sugar

Whisk together the oil, the flour, the chili powder, the cumin & the ground red pepper in a 4 quart sauté pan over Medium heat until bubbly. Season with a smattering of kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. Whisk the mixture constantly. Cook 1 minute. Add the garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Whisk in the chicken broth, the tomato sauce, the vinegar & the brown sugar until smooth. Season with a smattering of kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over Medium-High-heat, whisking constantly, until thickened & bubbly, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking an additional 3 minutes or until thickened & bubbly over the surface. Remove from the heat. Cool 30 minutes. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month. Use as directed according to specific recipe applications.

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 How To Make Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

When fresh sauces are prepared for classic cuisine, you can bet they will not only taste their best, but look more pleasing too. This makes them ideal to serve for a number of celebrations ranging from fall gatherings to casual dinners with friends. Serrano peppers, a spicy fruit, makes a wonderful garnish to Authentic Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce. Learn how to gauge the heat & handle them properly. In the meantime, gain insight on how to make this component in your very own kitchen.

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A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

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No. 1

Whisk together the oil, the flour, the chili powder, the cumin & the ground red pepper in a 4 quart sauté pan over Medium heat until bubbly.

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1a

 Season with a smattering of kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. Whisk the mixture constantly. Cook 1 minute. 

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No. 2

Add the garlic. 

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2a

Cook until fragrant, about 45 seconds. 

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No. 3

Whisk in the chicken broth, the tomato sauce, the vinegar & the brown sugar until smooth. Season with a smattering of kosher salt & freshly ground pepper. 

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3a

Bring the mixture to a boil over Medium-High-heat, whisking constantly, until thickened & bubbly, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking an additional 3 minutes or until thickened & bubbly over the surface. 

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No. 4

Remove from the heat. Cool 30 minutes. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month. Use as directed according to specific recipe applications.

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