Vegan Potato Leek Soup

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Welcome the winter season with a big, warm bowl of this Vegan Potato Leek Soup. Popular in Scotland, this dish is easy, creamy, and comforting. It only takes a few ingredients and can be made in advance.  …

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Welcome the winter season with a big, warm bowl of this Vegan Potato Leek Soup. Popular in Scotland, this dish is easy, creamy, and comforting. It only takes a few ingredients and can be made in advance.  When the winter months hit, I sometimes feel like I’m making too much soup. However, even though I...

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

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Add a delicious dinner to your rotation this fall when you make this Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. In this recipe, perfectly cooked noodles are smothered in a rich gravy-like sauce, sliced mushrooms, and spices. T…

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Add a delicious dinner to your rotation this fall when you make this Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff. In this recipe, perfectly cooked noodles are smothered in a rich gravy-like sauce, sliced mushrooms, and spices. This dish is easy and hearty—a great choice during the colder months.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how much I love a...

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Vegan Cauliflower Soup

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This Vegan Cauliflower Soup makes a simple, hearty meal that’s easy to throw together with just a handful of ingredients. It’s loaded with healthy veggies and flavorful spices! And it’s even v…

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This Vegan Cauliflower Soup makes a simple, hearty meal that’s easy to throw together with just a handful of ingredients. It’s loaded with healthy veggies and flavorful spices! And it’s even vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free! A lot of people don’t give cauliflower the credit it deserves. I admit, when I first jumped in to trying...

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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

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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.

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

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Get warmed up from your head to your toes with this comforting Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup . It’s the classic soup we all know and love – minus the chicken. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, prote…

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Get warmed up from your head to your toes with this comforting Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup . It’s the classic soup we all know and love – minus the chicken. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, protein-rich chickpeas in place of the chicken, and a savory veggie broth. And it cooks up quickly in a single...

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Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

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This Vegan Cream of Mushroom soup is comfort food at it’s best. It’s a one pot vegan meal, that’s so creamy and delicious, no one would every guess it’s entirely plant based. And it&#821…

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This Vegan Cream of Mushroom soup is comfort food at it’s best. It’s a one pot vegan meal, that’s so creamy and delicious, no one would every guess it’s entirely plant based. And it’s ready in under 30 minutes! I have come to realize that not many people eat the “cream of” soups by themselves....

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Vegan Carrot Soup

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This Vegan Carrot Soup is loaded with the belly-warming flavors of garlic, turmeric, and onion. It’s simple to throw together and is so creamy and delicious, you’d never know it’s entirely pla…

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This Vegan Carrot Soup is loaded with the belly-warming flavors of garlic, turmeric, and onion. It’s simple to throw together and is so creamy and delicious, you’d never know it’s entirely plant based. I’ve been on a major soup kick lately, and it’s easy to see why. There’s something just so warm and comforting about...

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Vegan Tomato Soup

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This vegan tomato soup is fresh and flavorful. It’s packed with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, and Italian spices. It makes a delicious and simple plant based meal, and you won’t believe how easy it…

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This vegan tomato soup is fresh and flavorful. It’s packed with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, and Italian spices. It makes a delicious and simple plant based meal, and you won’t believe how easy it is to put together. Tomato soup is perhaps my all time favorite soup! Okay, I admit it’s a toss up between...

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole

This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made 100% from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, including a delicious creamy green bean filling and a crispy onion topping.  It’s also easy to make ahead and always a crowd fave. Move on over, canned creamy soup, frozen green beans, and packaged fried onions. This green bean casserole recipe […]

This easy Green Bean Casserole recipe is made 100% from scratch with lightened-up ingredients, including a delicious creamy green bean filling and a crispy onion topping.  It’s also easy to make ahead and always a crowd fave.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Move on over, canned creamy soup, frozen green beans, and packaged fried onions.

This green bean casserole recipe is made entirely from scratch, and tastes a million times better than the old-school classic casserole full of processed ingredients.  And it is my hands-down favorite♡♡♡

Mainly, I just love this recipe because it legitimately tastes fresh and flavorful.  For too many years, I always took a pass on the green bean casserole at Thanksgiving because it was so mushy and bland and boring.  But turns out — when this casserole is well-seasoned and made with scratch ingredients, it comes to life and is bursting with fresh flavors!

Instead of soggy frozen green beans, fresh green beans are the star of the show here, which are ever-so-briefly cooked in order to preserve their crisp texture and bright flavor.  Instead of cream of mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms are sautéed and folded into a lightened-up creamy alfredo sauce.  And instead of dry, packaged, palm-oil-fried onions, a fresh red onion is sautéed with panko breadcrumbs, which then toast up to golden perfection as the casserole bakes.

Altogether, it adds up to an absolute showstopper of a green bean casserole.  I make it every Thanksgiving, and friends and family all agree that it’s the best!

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