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Looking for something to make with all these ripe tomatoes?!  This homemade enchilada sauce is simple and delicious!

Homemade Enchilada Sauce
I shared my recipe for homemade enchilada sauce back in 2012 with my slow cooker chicken enchiladas recipe.  It’s one of those recipes that I make over and over again, so I thought it was worth repeating.

This enchilada sauce is the perfect recipe to make when you have too many fresh tomatoes on-hand to eat raw.  It’s a nice variation from salsa recipes and you can use it to make a delicious dinner this week or freeze it or can it to eat in the future.

My grandpap gave me a bunch of fresh tomatoes from his garden last week, and I couldn’t wait to make enchilada sauce again.  Aren’t they gorgeous?!

Enchilada sauce - fresh tomatoes

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Yields: Enough sauce for one 9×13 pan of enchiladas


  • Cooking spray (optional)
  • 6 medium tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 9 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place tomatoes, onion, and garlic on sheet. Bake 30 minutes or until onion and garlic are golden.
  3. Cool to a temperature that won’t explode your blender or food processor.
  4. Add the spices, and puree until smooth.


Enchilada Sauce Recipe
Ways to use this enchilada sauce

So many options!!

Tell me:  What’s your favorite thing to make with fresh tomatoes?  Please share in a comment below!


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9 years ago

I’m gonna make this! Love enchilada sauce but they stopped making the brand we liked.. now .. onto our own!

8 years ago

I love this enchilada sauce! I froze some of it last summer, but I’d like to can it now. Do you have instructions for canning it? Hot water bath or pressure and for how long please? I’ve looked around for a comparable recipe for canning and haven’t been able to find one. Thanks for the great recipe!


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