Food websites that feature recipes for homemade enchilada sauce include About.com, Allrecipes.com and Food Network. Traditional enchilada sauce has a tomato base, which includes either tomato sauce or tomato paste. Classic Mexican spices, such as chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion, are often included among the ingredients.
Enchilada sauce is the highlight of Mexican enchilada recipes, adding color and flavor to the popular dish. Enchilada sauce is easy to prepare and takes between 15 to 20 minutes to cook. There are several variations of enchilada sauce, and recipes feature slight differences. For instance, the About.com recipe uses vegetable oil, chili powder, tomato paste and regular flour in its mixture. The Allrecipes.com version uses vegetable oil, tomato sauce and self-rising flour. The easy recipe on Food Network is the least spicy version, using chili powder, cumin and oregano as its main spices. This recipe also uses chicken stock instead of water. For all recipes, cooks have a choice of either dipping the tortillas into the sauce before frying them, or dipping tortillas after frying.
Enchiladas are a traditional Mexican comfort food invented by the indigenous people living in the Valley of Mexico. Originally, the dish featured fish wrapped in corn tortillas. Over the years, it evolved into corn tortillas with various fillings, rolled up side-by-side, and served with ample amounts of enchilada sauce.