Red Enchilada Sauce

Red Enchilada Sauce

Smoky chilis are toasted to perfection in the microwave and blended into a smooth, rich sauce. Use your Anytime Trays to store homemade sauce for future use including smothered burritos, tortilla soup starter or, of course - enchiladas!

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

2 cups

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Prep Time

7 mins

Cook Time

6 mins

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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 dried guajillo or ancho chilis, seeds and stems removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • cups (400g) fire roasted tomatoes 
  • ½ cup (120ml) chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine oil, chiles, garlic, and cumin in the Anyday dish and toss to coat. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the chiles are fragrant.
  2. Add the tomatoes, stock, salt, and pepper. Stir well and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce has darkened and reaches a gentle simmer.
  3. Blend with an immersion blender (or regular blender) until texture is as smooth or chunky as you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow the sauce to cool and use as desired. 
  4. Save Time with Anytime Trays: Allow sauce to cool, about 10-15 minutes. Portion sauce evenly into the Anytime Trays, cover with lid, and freeze.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Use other dried chilis such as Ancho, Anaheim (Hatch), and more for depth of flavor and intensity of color.
  • Once the sauce has cooled, puree fresh cilantro into the sauce for a bright flavor.
  • For a smoky sauce, add canned chipotle peppers in adobo.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.