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Quick Smoky Red Enchilada Sauce

Quick Smoky Red Enchilada Sauce is a lightning-quick version of a traditional Mexican sauce. Use it for enchiladas, enchilada bowls, smothered burritos, or as a sauce for chicken, pork, or beef!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Michelle


  • 29 oz. canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp ground ancho chile, or up to 3 if you like more spice
  • 1/2 tbsp ground chipotle chile
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • Mix all ingredients and simmer over low heat in a saucepan until slightly darkened and fragrant, about 15 minutes.