Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes made with chicken breast, cheese and enchiladas sauce are an easy one-pot meal! Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Sweet Potatoes If you’re an enchilada chicken fan, you’ll love these easy loaded sweet potatoes. The combination of spicy enchilada sauce with sweet potatoes is addictive! I love to top […]

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These Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes made with chicken breast, cheese and enchiladas sauce are an easy one-pot meal!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Sweet Potatoes

If you’re an enchilada chicken fan, you’ll love these easy loaded sweet potatoes. The combination of spicy enchilada sauce with sweet potatoes is addictive! I love to top mine with cheddar cheese, sour cream, scallions, and cilantro. And if you haven’t made sweet potatoes in the slow cooker yet, you’ll never make them any other way – it’s my favorite way to cook them. They turn out so tender and delicious! For some more loaded sweet potato recipes, try my sloppy joe sweet potatoes, loaded vegetarian sweet potatoes, and Italian-style stuffed sweet potatoes.

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Easy White Chicken Chili

This comforting and delicious white chicken chili is easy to make thanks to rotisserie chicken. You can have a bowl of yummy white chicken chili on the dinner table in no time! During the fall and winter months, we are always looking for easy and comfo…

This comforting and delicious white chicken chili is easy to make thanks to rotisserie chicken. You can have a bowl of yummy white chicken chili on the dinner table in no time! During the fall and winter months, we are always looking for easy and comforting dinner recipes, how about you? Chili is always a…

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Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms

Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms-portobello mushrooms filled with black beans, corn, bell pepper, enchilada sauce, and cheese. The entire family will love this quick and easy vegetarian meal. Say hello to one of our favorite weeknight meals! Enchilada Stuff…

Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms-portobello mushrooms filled with black beans, corn, bell pepper, enchilada sauce, and cheese. The entire family will love this quick and easy vegetarian meal. Say hello to one of our favorite weeknight meals! Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms are hearty, filled with veggies, and oh-so-cheesy. These are similar to my Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms, but enchilada…

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Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls

These quick and easy Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls are perfect for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep! Made in a skillet, with diced chicken breast, poblano peppers, corn, pico de gallo and cheese. Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls This healthy chicken taco rice bowl recipe takes boring chicken breast and makes it […]

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These quick and easy Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls are perfect for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep! Made in a skillet, with diced chicken breast, poblano peppers, corn, pico de gallo and cheese.

Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls in a glass meal prep container.
Chicken Taco Poblano Rice Bowls

This healthy chicken taco rice bowl recipe takes boring chicken breast and makes it exciting with taco spices and veggies. They are servedover brown rice instead of a tortillas. Great for dinner or to make ahead for meal prep. For more Mexican-inspired bowl recipes, try my Chipotle Chicken Bowls, Spicy Pork Brussels Bowls, Shrimp Fajita Bowls, and Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowls.

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Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce-the best enchilada sauce and it’s incredibly easy to make, plus, it freezes beautifully! You will never buy store bought enchilada sauce again! Enchiladas are one of my all-time favorite meals…and I am glad my boys love t…

Homemade Enchilada Sauce-the best enchilada sauce and it’s incredibly easy to make, plus, it freezes beautifully! You will never buy store bought enchilada sauce again! Enchiladas are one of my all-time favorite meals…and I am glad my boys love them too! They are a regular at our dinner table. Enchilada night is always a good…

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

All of my best tips for how to make the best homemade tortilla chips with just 3 ingredients! My deep and undying love for chips and salsa has been well-documented here on the blog over the past decade with dozens of recipes for my favorite dips and salsas.  But many of you have been reminding […]

All of my best tips for how to make the best homemade tortilla chips with just 3 ingredients!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

My deep and undying love for chips and salsa has been well-documented here on the blog over the past decade with dozens of recipes for my favorite dips and salsas.  But many of you have been reminding me lately that there has been a major hole in our recipe archives up until now for the equally important other half of the equation…

…a recipe for how to make tortilla chips! ♡

Many of you have noticed that I have gotten in the habit of making homemade tortilla chips ever since we moved to Barcelona.  And while I will be the first to admit that I somewhat begrudgingly got in the habit of making tortilla chips from scratch out of sheer necessity since they are difficult to find here (never again will I take those aisles full of multiple brands of tortilla chips for granted in the States), I’ve honestly gotten so hooked on them now that they are just a given in our house!

If you’ve ever had freshly-made tortilla chips in a restaurant or made them at home, I’m sure you know the difference that I’m talking about.  There is always a distinct and satisfying crunch that comes with homemade tortilla chips.  And when made with standard corn tortillas, I love that homemade chips are sturdy and strong enough to scoop up even the thickest buffalo chicken dip or pico de gallo or any number of salsas without breaking.  When making your chips homemade, you also of course have the option to use whatever color and/or thickness of corn tortillas you prefer.  And best of all, in my opinion, you can sprinkle them with flaky sea salt which always adds the most irresistible crunch.

To be sure, making your own chips homemade does require a bit of extra time.  But they are super easy to make with just 3 ingredients.  And, in my opinion, they are always deliciously worth the effort.

So put on a good kitchen playlist, maybe make yourself a margarita or mocktail to sip while we cook, and let’s make some homemade corn tortillas together!

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Homemade restaurant style salsa that will MAKE you eat an entire bag of chips. This salsa recipe makes smooth, fresh salsa with the perfect amount of cilantro and lime and just the right amount of kick. Easy Blender Salsa We are huge chips and salsa fa…

Homemade restaurant style salsa that will MAKE you eat an entire bag of chips. This salsa recipe makes smooth, fresh salsa with the perfect amount of cilantro and lime and just the right amount of kick. Easy Blender Salsa We are huge chips and salsa fans and fresh homemade salsa is the BEST! I promise…

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Pineapple Salsa

This fresh and simple Pineapple Salsa goes great with fish, chicken, tacos, or tortilla chips! It is easy to make and a summertime favorite! Pineapple + Salsa = Amazing You can’t beat a fresh, juicy pineapple. Well, maybe if you were eating that …

This fresh and simple Pineapple Salsa goes great with fish, chicken, tacos, or tortilla chips! It is easy to make and a summertime favorite! Pineapple + Salsa = Amazing You can’t beat a fresh, juicy pineapple. Well, maybe if you were eating that fresh, juicy pineapple in Hawaii. The pineapple in Hawaii is by far…

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The BEST Enchilada Sauce!

The best homemade enchilada sauce recipe!  It’s super-simple to make and a million times better than the canned stuff.  (Check out my recipe for Green Enchilada Sauce too!) My best tip for how to make a killer pan of homemade enchiladas? This homemade enchilada sauce recipe. ♡ It has been the secret ingredient in my favorite enchilada recipe […]

The best homemade enchilada sauce recipe!  It’s super-simple to make and a million times better than the canned stuff.  (Check out my recipe for Green Enchilada Sauce too!)

Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

My best tip for how to make a killer pan of homemade enchiladas?

This homemade enchilada sauce recipe. 

It has been the secret ingredient in my favorite enchilada recipe for over years and years.  And every time I make a pan of chicken enchiladas for a dinner party, or take some enchilada soup to a friend with a new baby, or whip up a quick batch of enchilada nachos or enchilada cups for a party…this enchilada sauce always gets rave reviews and someone inevitably always asks for the recipe.

It’s a million times better than anything you can buy in the can and is made with the coziest, warm chili flavors.  But best of all, this homemade red enchilada sauce recipe only takes about 20 minutes to make and calls for a few simple ingredients that you probably already have sitting in your pantry.  So if you have yet to try this recipe, I say it’s time!

Let’s make a quick batch together!

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Chili powder (to make red enchilada sauce)

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Ingredients:

To make this easy enchilada sauce recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Oil and flour: To make our roux, which will thicken the sauce.  Feel free to use any type of oil or butter that you prefer.  And see notes below if you need a gluten-free option for the flour.
  • Chili powder: Very important note — this recipe calls for American-style chili powder, which is actually a blend of various mild chilis and seasonings.  (It is not cayenne!)  I recommend investing in a good-quality brand of chili powder for this recipe, since it is the main seasoning used here.  And if you happen to be an international reader, please (please) note that you need to look for a specifically American-style chili powder.  Many readers have reported over the years that most international chili powder blends are typically more similar to straight cayenne and can be overwhelmingly spicy.
  • Garlic powder, ground cumin, dried oregano: These are the other dried seasonings that we will use in the sauce.
  • Veggie or chicken stock: I also recommend using some good-quality stock in this recipe, which will add some delicious depth of flavor to the sauce.
  • Fine sea salt: And finally, don’t forget to season the sauce!  I typically add in about 1/2 teaspoon, but please note that the amount of salt you’ll need will directly relate to how salty your veggie/chicken stock happens to be.

Whisking Red Enchilada Sauce

How To Make Enchilada Sauce:

Here are the basic steps for how to make enchilada sauce (full instructions included in the recipe box below):

  1. Cook the roux and spices: In a small saucepan, we’ll cook the flour and oil together to form the roux, and then whisk in the spices to briefly toast them before adding in the stock.
  2. Simmer: Gradually add in the stock, while whisking the sauce to blend in any lumps.  Then heat to a simmer, and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes until it has reduced and thickened a bit.
  3. Season: Season with salt (or any extra seasonings that you might like to add), to taste.
  4. Serve: Then serve it up in a pan of enchiladas or whatever recipe sounds good…and enjoy!

Jar of red enchilada sauce

Possible Variations:

This recipe is quite flexible, so please feel free to tinker around with ingredient amounts and customize it however you prefer!  For example, you could…

  • Make it gluten-free: You can either use an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, in place of the AP flour.  Or you can nix the flour and instead add a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and cold water whisked together) to the sauce once it is simmering to thicken it.
  • Make it creamy: Whisk in 1/2 cup of heavy cream to turn this recipe into an epic creamy enchilada sauce.
  • Make it spicier: Feel free to add in a pinch or two of cayenne to make this sauce even spicier.  Or alternately, you can choose to use ancho chili powder in place of standard American chili powder.
  • Make it milder: American chili powder should naturally be quite mild.  But if you are wary of heat, feel free to start with 2 tablespoons (instead of 4 tablespoons) of chili powder in the recipe.  Then once the sauce has simmered, give it a taste and feel free to add more if you would like.
  • Make it smokier: Feel free to swap some of the American chili powder for chipotle chili powder, if you would like this sauce to have a smoky chipotle kick.  (Also note that chipotle powder is considerably spicier, so this version would pack more heat too.)
  • Add tomato sauce: If you would like to have a more tomato-y enchilada sauce, you are welcome to add 1/2 cup tomato sauce to the recipe in place of 1/2 cup of the stock.

Chicken enchiladas made with the best enchilada sauce recipe

Ways To Use Enchilada Sauce:

Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this easy enchilada sauce!

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Description

My all-time favorite homemade red enchilada sauce recipe.  It’s quick and easy to make, and a million times better than the canned stuff!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Cook the roux and spices: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook for 1 minute, whisking constantly.  Add in the garlic powder, cumin and oregano and cook for 1 more minute, whisking constantly.
  2. Simmer: Gradually pour in the stock, whisking constantly to combine until no lumps remain.  Continue cooking until the sauce reaches a simmer.  Then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the simmer (the sauce should continue lightly bubbling) for about 10-15 minutes, uncovered, until the sauce has slightly thickened.
  3. Season: Give the sauce a taste and season with salt, as needed.  (I typically add 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, but the saltiness of the sauce can vary depending on the brand of stock that you use.)
  4. Serve: Use immediately in your favorite recipe and enjoy!


Notes

Chili powder (important note): As mentioned above, this recipe calls for traditional American chili powder — which is not cayenne.  American chili powder is actually a blend of spices and is quite mild, whereas international chili powders are usually incredibly spicy.  So if you live outside of the United States, please look specifically for an American-style chili powder blend.

Gluten-free option: Feel free to use a 1-to-1 all-purpose gluten-free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour.  Or alternately, you can thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cold water and cornstarch whisked together, then added to the sauce once it has reached a simmer).

Storage instructions: Let the sauce cool to room temperature.  Then transfer it to a mason jar or food storage container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Unfortunately this sauce separates a bit once it has frozen, so I don’t recommend freezing it.

Skillet Mexican Zucchini

Skillet Mexican Zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a kick from the jalapeño topped with melted queso blanco. So easy and quick, a must try! Mexican Zucchini I can’t get enough of zucchini in the summer, in fact I have an entire section of Zucchini Recipes in my index if you need […]

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Skillet Mexican Zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a kick from the jalapeño topped with melted queso blanco. So easy and quick, a must try!

This zucchini is incredibly delicious with a little bit of a Mexican kick from the jalapeno then topped with melted queso blanco. It's also easy and quick, a must try!
Mexican Zucchini

I can’t get enough of zucchini in the summer, in fact I have an entire section of Zucchini Recipes in my index if you need more ideas.

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